All officers carried swords, but they were rarely used in combat and were worn more as a badge of rank. The regulation staff and field officers' swords were the
1850 pattern, carrying the initials US in the floral designs on the brass guard. Many variations of these swords were made abroad particularly in Klingenthal, Germany. The 1860 pattern sword had a graceful thin blade but failed to carry much favour with officers, who preferred the sturdier 1858 pattern. Swords, mainly the 1840 non-commissioned officer's sword were also carried by sergeants throughout the Civil War and were in service with the American army as late as 1910.
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