General Sooy Smith was a favorite of both General U.S. Grant and General W.T. Sherman serving as Commanding Officer of the 1st Division 16th Army Corps during the Vicksburg Campaign, Chief of Cavalry - Department of the Tennessee July to October of 1863 and as Chief of Cavalry Military Division of the Mississippi - October to July of 1864. This sword is a spectacular example of the high grade staff and field swords that were made-up from imported Clauberg parts. Please refer to pages 499 & 500 of Civil War Army Swords for additional images and details of this sword. It was presented to General Sooy Smith by the Officers of the 13th Regt of Ohio Volunteers, his first regiment and with whom he fought until his elevation to General Officer. The hilt and scabbard have a heavily applied gilt finish with a cast silver grip and applied semi precious jewels on both the grip and in the eyes of the Eagle head quillon. The scabbard mounts are wide cast and chased to resemble long tendrils of foliate but from a distance resemble golden icicles with an extremely rich overall appearance. The hilt and scabbard are likely made from Clauberg parts imported by Bailey & Company who were retailers of fine military goods. The cast silver grip (possibly German Silver) appears to be American made and the stones indicate the likely assembly by Bailey, who was known for this specific embellishment. The sword was definitely assembled and finished in the US. The blade is wonderfully etched with martial themes. This is a rarely seen and very richly appointed presentation sword to a President Lincoln appointed and congressionally approved General Officer with great Civil War history. For the very finest institutional, museum or personal collection.