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        Nonregulation Staff and Field Officer’s Sword, 1863 | A State Divided

        Union soldier Richard J. Frayne owned this sword. During the Civil War, some soldiers still went into battle armed with swords. However, new accurate and fast guns changed the tactics of war. Swords became a last line of defense, used when a soldier ran out of ammunition or his guns would not work.

        This resource is part of the A State Divided: Exploring the Civil War Through Images collection.

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