RARE CIVIL WAR SWORD DONATED TO AVERASBORO MUSEUM
A rare Union cavalry sword was recently donated to the Averasboro Battlefield museum by Mrs. Mary Margaret Davis of Fayetteville, NC. The sword was made by the C.Roby Company of West Chelmsford, Massachusetts and was one of 410 produced by Roby and sold to the 1st Vermont Calvary Regiment, which subsequently fought in 76 battles during the Civil War. The 1st Vermont Cavalry fought among other battles, at Gettysburg, the Siege of Petersburg, and Appomattox Courthouse.
Mrs. Davis, in making the donation, said, “I am making this donation for the continuing education of our citizens regarding the history of the nation. The only condition that I would place on the giving of the saber is that it must never be sold but,
if necessary for some reason, it could be donated to another museum for the continuing education of citizens regarding the history of their nation.
C.C. Livingston, the Director of Operations for the Averasboro Museum, in receiving the saber, said, “On behalf of the Averasboro Battlefield Commission, I proudly accept this wonderful donation. We are always happy to have artifacts donations whereby we can display them to the many hundreds of visitors we have visit our museum each month. It seems to us that it is much better to have artifacts put on display in a museum where the history of our nation may be more graphically displayed. If only this sword could speak, it could tell us many stories of the Battle of Gettysburg or Lee’s Surrender at Appomattox Court House. We will proudly display it for the public in the near future.”