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PRESENTATION McELROY SWORD, KIA BATTLE OF ATLANTA

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PRESENTATION McELROY SWORD, KIA BATTLE OF ATLANTA

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A  presentation Confederate officer's sword by Wm. J. McElroy of Macon, Gerogia.  This fine sword belonged to Lieut. Hardy H. Williamson of the 30th Georgia Infantry.  The sword is in original and fine condition with exceptional blade etching including a central panel with the inscription " Lieut. H. H. Williamson".

Williamson entered the Confederate service on September 25, 1861 as 1st Sgt of Co. F, 30th Georgia Infantry, with promotions to junior 2nd Lt in August of 1863 and full 2nd Lt on January 27, 1864.

The 30th Georgia was comprised of men from  several counties in central and north central Georgia. The unit was mustered into Confederate service in Oct. 1861 at Fairburn, GA  and was shortly moved to Savannah, GA and then to reinforce the Confederate troops in the Charleston, SC area. In May, 1863 the regiment moved to Mississippi, becoming a part of General Walker's Division. The regiment participated in the battle of Chickamauga and then with Joseph Johnston's army during the Georgia campaign, ending in the loss of the city of Atlanta after Gen. Hood had taken command of the Army of Tennessee.

On July 21, 1864 General Hood ordered a secret night march to surprise and attack the Federal left. The 30th Georgia were deployed as part of Walker's Division, Hardee's Corps to assault the Union left under Gen. James B. McPherson. The battle took place on the 22 of July just to the east of the city of Atlanta. The Confederate attack started later than expected which allowed the Federal forces to adjust their lines to repel the repeated attacks by Confederate forces. The battle lasted throughout the late evening hours with Federal General McPherson losing his life that day. During one of the fierce Confederate assaults on the Federal left the Confederate officer that carried this sword, Lt. Hardy Williamson, was killed while leading parts of Co F against men of the Union 16th Corps. General Hood's Army of Tennessee lost an estimated 6,000 men killed and wounded during this battle with Lt. Williamson being on the list of Killed in Action.

We are extraordinarily lucky that such an important piece of history survives for the modern student of the American Civil war to admire and ponder the scenes that this significant sword witnessed.

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CONDITION

    A completely original and unaltered  McElroy sword. Grips retain the original leather and wire wrap. The blade is exceptional with distinctive McElroy etching. Scabbard show craquelure throughout. All original brass mountings.

A spectacular Confederate sword.

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