CARRIED IN CUSTER’S CHARGE AT GETTYSBURG – THE PRESENTATION SWORD OF COL. W. D. MANN, 7th MI. CAV.
PRESENTATION TIFFANY CAVALRY OFFICER’S SABER, WILLIAM D’ALTON MANN, COLONEL 7th MICHIGAN CAVALRY AND ARCHIVE FROM DIRECT FAMILY DESCENT.
William D’Alton Mann (1839-1920) entered service as a captain in the 1st Michigan Cavalry September 1861, he was promoted to Lt. Col., 5th Michigan Cavalry, then full Col. of the 7th Michigan Cavalry. Mann led the 7th as part of the Michigan brigade under Custer at Gettysburg. Mann’s presentation saber was given to him September 1862 by Capt. George Wellington Hunt & officers & men of the 5th Michigan Cavalry just prior to his promotion to Colonel in the 7th Michigan. Saber is a style most often sold by Tiffany w/lg. floral brass basket hilt, floral decorated pommel, brass back strap, shark skin grip w/dbl. twisted brass wire wrap. Steel scabbard has engraved brass mounts w/ presentation “LIEUT. COL W. D. MANN / from / Capt. G. W. Hunt / Officers & Men / Sept. 1862”. 35″ Blade made by “Collins & Co / Hartford, Conn” has fine engraved 23″ patriotic panels w/ typical Tiffany used 2-3″ allegorical figures. This sword has remained in direct Mann family descent till being offered now. Accompanying this sword is a cabinet card of Mann wearing this sword & cavalry uniform & helmet circa 1890. Other photographs include a group shot of Mann along w/ 6 other veterans at the 1910 reunion of survivors of the “7th Michigan Cavalry” taken in Monroe, Michigan. 3 Additional photographs included of Mann postwar w/ his signature bushy beard accompany. William Mann was not only an accomplished Civil War Cavalry Commander; he was an inventor, author, editor & entrepreneur. He patented & produced his Mann’s Patent Infantry & Cavalry accoutrements & sued 30,000 units prior to his discharge in 1864. His various cartridge boxes & belts are quite common to the collectible market today.