Crisp Ames Cabbotsville maker’s mark and 1848 date. US WD marks opposite. Blade near mint with original cross polish. Brass hilt marked JWR and WD. Musicians marched at the head of the attack and were recognized as a stabilizing and stimulating force. They were attacked to silence them. Union musicians were equipped with the 1840 pattern sword and no other weapon. Very exceptional example from the famed American Sword Collection of Frank Barnyak.