Here's a group that is as rare as it gets. An untouched Staff & Field Officer's Sword and a Whitney Navy Revolver, both historically inscribed to Lt. Colonel Roger Martin, initially a major and then a Lieut. Colonel of the 53rd Indiana Volunteers commissioned on 3/12/1862. He Resigned on 4/23/1862 and then on 8/28/1862 he mustered into Field & Staff IN 66th Infantry as a Lieut. Colonel and commander. He eventually became the Colonel of this regiment.
Both of these items are untouched. I initially bought the revolver from a direct descendent that inherited it and a few months later bought the sword from the same person that found it in the attic. The sword is just an aged ho-hum of a sword, but with a wonderful inscription on the brass plaque affixed to the scabbard body by two brass screws. The Whitney Navy Revolver is also untouched, with the inscription by the same hand beautifully engraved on the left barrel, unusual and really outstanding. The sword shows a break in the scabbard with a molten lead field repair. I don't have much doubt that this break was caused during action in the field and the desire of Colonel Martin to keep using the weapon bestowed upon him from his friends and citizens of Indiana hastened its period repair.
The 66th Indiana Regiment (1862–65) was organized at Camp Noble, New Albany. In response to Kirby Smith's invasion of Kentucky, the regiment was hastily mustered into service in August 1862 under the temporary command of General Lew Wallace. It marched to Lexington, Kentucky, where Lt. Colonel Roger Martin assumed command. The 66th Indiana was engaged in a battle near Richmond, Kentucky, on August 30
th. Most of the regiment was captured and paroled. The regiment served in Tennessee and Mississippi before joining Sherman's campaign against Atlanta, and fought in the battles of Resaca, Lay's Ferry, Rome Cross Roads, Dallas, Kenesaw Mountain, Atlanta, and Jonesboro. It moved through the Carolinas and Virginia to Washington City, where it was mustered out of service in June 1865. Some recruits were transferred to the 59th
Indiana Regiment. This is a great pair of identified weapons that saw the action.