Standard pattern, Peterson pl.44 with Ames maker’s mark and US 1864 date to the blade. Hilt with inspector’s mark. Good uniform surplus condition. 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. From the famed American Sword Collection of Frank Barnyak.