Dutton was commissioned a Captain in Company K of the 9th Massachusetts Infantry on 6/11/1862 and participated with them until being severely wounded in the thigh at Malvern Hill. He returned in December and was promoted Major but his wound again became infected and he was forced to resign in March of '63. He was re-appointed Captain in the Veteran Reserve Corps and assigned as Commander of the Old Capital Prison, overseeing the hanging of Henry Wirtz, of Andersonville fame as well as the Lincoln Conspirators. He was then appointed to command the detachment that escorted Dr. Mudd, O'Laughlin, Spangler, and Arnold to Fort Jefferson, Dry Tortugas, Fla. Captain Dutton testified before Congress that, "During a conversation with Dr. Mudd on the 22d of July, 1865, Mudd confessed that he knew Booth when he came to his house with Herold on the morning after the assassination of the President; that he had known Booth for some time, but was afraid to tell of Booth's having been at his house on the isth of April, fearing that his own and the lives of his family would be endangered thereby. He also confessed that he was with Booth at the National Hotel on the evening referred to by Weichmann in his testimony; that he came to Washington on that occasion to meet Booth by appointment, as the latter wished to be introduced to John Surratt; that when he and Booth were going to Mrs. Surratt's house to see her son, they met, on Seventh Street, Surratt, who was introduced to Booth, and they had a conversation of a private nature. I will here add that Dr. Mudd had with him a printed copy of the testimony pertaining to his trial, and I had upon a number of occasions referred to the same. I will also say that this confession was voluntary, and made without solicitation, threat, or promise, and was made after the destination of the prisoners was com- municated to them, which communication affected Dr. Mudd more than the rest, and he frequently exclaimed, ' Oh, there is now no hope for me! Oh, I cannot live in such a placel ' " For most, Duttons' historic testimony laid to rest the question of Mudds' truthfulness under oath and probable guilt in his relationship with the Lincoln Assassins. The Ames Mounted Foot Officers sword is in fine condition with a non-etched, uninspected blade with Ames scroll address at the ricasso. The blade is smooth gray patina. The grip is fine and the undented scabbard is a smooth gray-brown patina. The inscription reads, "Capt. Geo. W. Dutton, from his Stoughton Friends, June 1861". The Tiffany Staff & Field Officers Sword is in very good to fine condition. Only the slightest gold gilt on the face of the guard is visible. The grip is fine and complete. The blade is an 1862 dated Collins with the Tiffany address etched. Most etching is visible, but faint. The gray patina scabbard is smooth and dent-free with the exception of the drag which almost certainly has suffered a bullet strike and shows evidence of being "put back in order". The coin-silver plaque between the mounts reads, "Presented to Capt. George W. Dutton by Company C, 10 Regt. ?. C.U.S.A. as a token of their Esteem for him as a Patriot, a Gentleman, and an Officer. Jamaica L.I. Dec. 5, 1863". These are very important, historically inscribed swords that should be in a museum.