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Accession Number: 1923.1.2.1

Physical Description: Steel bayonet for U.S. Rifle-Musket model 1855-1870. Long steel blade is triangular in cross-section, with fluted sides that taper to a point. Socket is 25/32” in bore diameter. L-pattern mortise cut into the lower and obverse surfaces.

History of Object: According to notes from the donor in the Info File, this bayonet was used during the Civil War. The ?C & Co.? mark indicates the manufacturer was Collins & Company of Collinsville, Conn. It may have belonged to her father, Elisha Viers, who was mustered in as a Corporal with the 38th Ohio Infantry. Viers was born in Ohio in 1830, married his first wife in 1855, and enlisted in the 38th Ohio during the Civil War. The 38th?s record includes service in Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, and finally Sherman?s March to the Sea. Sometime during the war Elisha married his second wife, the donor?s mother, Eliza Teachworth; the donor was born in 1867. The 1895 Kansas census lists the family as living in Jewell County, Kansas. The family?s Kansas settlement apparently dates to ca. 1890, because the youngest child was born in Ohio around 1882.

Date: Between 1855 and 1865

Dimensions (in cm): 53.70 (H) 6.50 (W) 2.70 (D) L: 21 1/8? W:2 9/16? D: 1 1/16?

Marks/Inscriptions: [stamped on face of blade between shank and flute] U.S. || [stamped on top of socket] C & CO. ||

Index Terms

Associations and Subjects

    Use, Place of: Ohio
    Origin, Place of: Collinsville (Conn.)
    Event: United States History Civil War, 1861-1865
    Use, Place of: Jewell County (Kan.)
    Business / Organization: United States. Army. Ohio Infantry Regiment, 38th
    Business / Organization: United States. Army
    Event: Civil War, 1861-1865
    Individual: Viers, Elisha William, 1830-1901
    Business / Organization: Military

Creators and Contributors

    Collins & Company

Status: Cataloged

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