(Armed Forces History / NMAH)
Strong Vincent's Battle Sword
Armed Forces History / NMAH
Strong Vincent, a young lawyer, used this sword during battle. Vincent, who was married the same day he enlisted in the Union Army. He once wrote his wife, “If I fall, remember you have given your husband to the most righteous cause that ever widowed a woman.” Strong helped defend Little Round Top, reportedly jumping up on to a boulder and shouting to his fellow men, "Don't give an inch." He was then shot in his thigh, and died five days later.
These artifacts are a part of Smithsonian Books' fall release Smithsonian Civil War: Inside the National Collection