This fine condition Ames Mounted Foot Officers Sword has the name "J. C. McFerran U.S.A." etched into its blade. The U.S.A. of course stood for United States Army. There was only one J. C. McFerran in the Army during this swords production and use time-frame and that was John Courts McFerran (1820 - 1872) who probably ordered or was presented this sword in 1855 upon his promotion to Captain. McFerran was born in Kentucky and died in Louisville, Kentucky, 25 April, 1872. He was graduated at the United States military academy in 1843 and assigned to the infantry. He served in the military occupation of Texas and the war with Mexico, being engaged at Palo Alto and Resaca de la Palma. He was with his regiment on the frontiers of Texas and New Mexico until he entered the quartermaster's department and was made a captain on the staff on 20 August, 1855. Before and during the Civil War he was on duty in New Mexico, being promoted major and appointed chief quartermaster of that department on 30 November, 1863. In 1864-'5 he was Gen. James H. Carleton's chief of staff, and at the close of the war was brevetted brigadier-general. He was promoted lieutenant-colonel on 29 July, 1866, and served subsequently as chief quartermaster of the Department of Washington and of the Division of the South.
This sword is in fine condition showing all of its fine Ames etching and generous gold gilt on the face of the guard. The grip is sound and 100% complete. The metal scabbard is a rare variation of Ames sword being a Mounted Foot Officers Sword and is also in fine condition with most of its original finish on an undented body. A rare sword carried on the Western Frontier and later during the Civil War to a man who eventually achieved the rank of Brigadier General at at a really great price considering its features and history.