This is an early Schuyler, Hartley & Graham marked Civil War Foot Officers Sword historically inscribed, " Presented to Wm. Henry, By Co. E, 14th Reg. Wis. Vol. March 11, 1862". The sword is in generally good condition over-all with a nicely etched blade showing age, wear and use as does the hilt with small losses to its leather grip and virtually all of its gold-gilt now worn off. The scabbard is also well-used but complete and in good condition with one heavy crease. It's a very good sword that shows its carry throughout the war and certainly used in all weathers. It carried and used by a very good officer. Forty-one year old William Henry was one of the Ahnapee, Wisconsin men boarding the Comet in Ahnapee on October 13,1861. The men joined the Manitowoc and Kewaunee Rifles, which came to be known as Co. E, 14th Wisconsin Voluntary Infantry. Though Henry enlisted as a Private, the old fisherman provided leadership. He was a dour Scotsman who "knew what had to be done and he did it". William Henry was part of Co. E, 14th Wisconsin during the battle at Shiloh and many credited him with saving lives. It was said that the 14th did such a credible job at Shiloh "due to the stand of the grizzled old fisherman from Wolf River." Henry led much of Co. E. and part of the regiment without even being aware of it. He was silently directing battle by his advances and retreats. When his comrades realized what he was doing, they felt it was good to "tie to" and followed his lead. Henry advanced to captain. He and his men served with the same distinction at Vicksburg and Corinth they had shown at Shiloh. With a three-week furlough in January 1864, Co. E joined family and friends in Kewaunee County. William Henry spent time recruiting to fill ranks, although most of his men had re-enlisted, thus getting both the $402 bounty and the furlough. A February snowstorm blocked roads, preventing a return to Madison. The delay meant Co. E could not join the Red River expedition only to be organized under Major Worden to march with General Sherman in the famous March to the Sea. Co. E went through the Carolinas and to Washington, D.C. before rejoining their regiment at Montgomery. At the war's end, Co. E was in camp at Mobile, Alabama and was mustered out at Mobile 1865. Henry's leadership was recognized and he became Kewaunee County's most distinguished soldier, advancing to the rank of major. Following his discharge at Mobile in October 1865 Henry returned to Ahnapee then living on the bluff on the north side of the river on the point at which the Ahnapee River meets Lake Michigan. It was at that point where Henry began building ships. Good sword, good history.