While not often used for combat, many soldiers, especially officers, were issued swords during the Civil War.
Pictured here is a M1840 musician or noncommissioned officer sword. These were given to musicians as a defensive weapon or to officers as a weapon of last resort. For officers they were more honorary than practical, and today this style of swords is purely used for ceremonial purposes. One of their main uses, as with any straight blade during the Civil War, was to give marching commands to soldiers in line formations.
Kids ages 6-13 can see this Civil War musician’s sword this weekend during Summer Fun at the Salem Museum!
Join the Salem Museum on June 24 and 28 for “Civil War in Virginia.” Join us to explore why Virginia was important during the Civil War. Learn what daily life was like for soldiers and their families back at home.
All programs are free.
Each hour-long program will be held on Saturdays and Wednesdays at 11 a.m. and again at 2 p.m. The content will be the same at both times each day. RSVP Required. Call 540-389-6760 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to register. See SalemMuseum.org for more details.