If you ever wondered what’s the difference between the
civil war swords carried by the Confederate (CAS) and Union (US) armies, wonder no
longer! It can become quite confusing as most weapon styles were copied and adapted
from classical European sword styles. The North was fortunate in having two
official weapon producing US Arsenals, one being the J. T. Ames Manufacturing Co. of Chicopee
Massachusetts which had been supplying swords and sabers to the government since 1832.
Many government issue Union swords were carried in the hands of the South
during the early years of the war! When supplies from the North ceased, the
Confederate forces began relying on local sword manufacture and imports. Southern sword smiths copied the Union
sword designs, but with subtle changes. Many swords are
undeniably of the same design and were used by the Confederate as well as
Union armies. All our weapon reproductions replicate the fine qualities of the sabers
of this period and boast carbon steel blades that you can sharpen. Most have a
solid brass handle and leather or wood wire wrapped grip as the originals.
Perfect for the collector, reenactor and historian of this significant time in
the history of the United States of America!