Civil War Period, U.S. Model 1860 cavalry saber with scabbard, Captain John McCleery dated 1863, three-bar brass guard with twisted brass, wire-wrapped leather grip, curved single-edge blade, ricasso marked: "U.S." - "DFM" - "1863" on one side, "EMERSON & SILVER, TRENTON, N.J." on opposite side. Steel scabbard with two ring mounts and drag.
blade L34 1/2" overall L40 1/2"
Provenance: Charleston, South Carolina private collection.
Other Notes: John McCleery was born in Milton,PA on April 8,1837. His parents were William McCleery and Margaret Pollock. Prior to the Civil War he attended and graduated from Princeton University. At the onset of the war he joined the 5th PA Reserves and was made Captain of "H" company. His immediate superior was Col.Senaca Simmons. This unit, which was part of a reserve brigade headed by Gen.McCall, participated in Gen.McClellan's peninsula campaign of 1862.
Severely wounded in the leg during the battle of White Oak Swamp (Glendale) on June 30,1862, he was taken prisoner by the Confederates and later released in a prisoner swap.
After the war he returned to Milton and married Mary Helen Marr, started a law practice, rose in rank to LTC in the reserves and was active in the G.A.R. Despite his war wound he lived until April 8,1907.