This is a wonderfull, rare and historic Confederate sword. Adam Given enlisted as a Lieutenant in Captain George Hammonds Company of the 59th Infantry of Wise's Legion June 26, 1861. He was 23 years old and stood 6'4" tall with dark eyes. After being merged with the 60th, Given was made Captain and served throughout the war. His unit saw action at Sewell Mountain, Seven Days, Mechanicsville, Gaines Mills, Cloyd's Mountain, Piedmont, Winchester, Cedar Creek, and Waynesboro among others. He was cited for gallantry at Seven Days by Brigadier General Charles Field, was wounded in action at Belle Grove Cloyd's Mountain and captured late in the war at Waynesboro with a good portion with his regiment. He was imprisoned at Fort Delaware in March and released in June, 1865. The sword is beautiful and untouched. As is usual with Johnson Foots, the grip is polished wood with wire wrap and never had leather. The blade is excellent with no corossion or pitting and is a smooth patina. The guard and mounts are a wonderfull, deep rich patina and the hand-applied inscription is readable and original to the period. This sword comes with a notarized letter from the direct decendant of Given, his great-great-great grandson. It is wonderfull and undamaged. This is a premium sword and is priced very reasonably.