This GAR sword and scabbard belonged to Pvt. Edwin A. Armstrong, 15th Michigan Infantry, Co. E. His name and unit are engraved on the sword blade where the maker's information would normally be found. He must have been very active in Post # 17 of the GAR (Detroit, MI) because the his name is almost worn off from contact with the scabbard throat. I had to use a good light and magnifying glass to make it out.
The blade is tight in the handle, measures 30" long and is engraved on both sides. Other engravings include: Soldier saluting, torch, eagle on cross cannons holding a US flag which is attached to a medal, large "GAR", shield with 1861 on it, cannon with kepi, drum and crossed flags, bust of Lincoln, large eagle holding a shield and "E PLPURIBUS UNUM" on a ribbon, a shield with 1866 on it and a lot of scroll work. The blade is in good shape but does show sighs of use. The leather wrapping is almost gone from the handle but the wire is complete. Please see pictures for condition.
The 15th Michigan Infantry was organized at Ypsilanti and Detroit, Michigan between October 16, 1861 and March 13, 1862. After being mustered into service on March 20, 1862, the 15th saw action at Shiloh, Corinth, Vicksburg, Resaca, Kennesaw Mountain, Atlanta, Jonesborough, March to the Sea and Bentonville.