Captain Pugh Haynes

49th Tennessee


Description and Photograph





     The excavated CSA tongue shown here was found in the late 1960s by Robert Pope.  He found it and 10 A.V.C. buttons near the White Oak Road in Dinwiddie County, Virginia.  Because no other buckle of this type had yet been discovered, it was thought possible that it could have been lost by a veteran while visiting the fields of his youth.

     Recently another example, on its original belt with an impeccable provenance was discovered.  It was made in the exact same mold and is the exact same size as the tongue that Robert Pope excavated.  The belt was purchased from the Great, Great, Grandson of William Boggs, 7th Ohio Cavalry.  The belt and a Non-Commissioned Officer’s sword had been brought home by William Boggs during the War and both remained with Boggs’ descendants until 2003.

     The sword that Boggs captured was made by the College Hill arsenal of Nashville, Tennessee.  The sword’s hilt was cast in the same pattern as College Hill’s Field and Staff sword, but the branches were removed and the guard cut down in order to fashion a N.C.O. sword.  You will notice from the accompanying photographs that the sword and buckle have the same distinctive gilt.  Swords  were usually sold with a belt because if you were going to carry a sword you had to have a sword belt and since these two are well documented as having been captured together, there can be no doubt that this is a College Hill belt, buckle and sword set.  

     The sword is etched with a large C.S.A. and a Confederate First National flag.  It also has Captain Pugh Haynes’ name etched into the blade in College Hill’s distinctive style.  Haynes mustered into Tennessee state service on December 3, 1861 and was elected Captain of Company H, 49th Tennessee Infantry on the same day.  On the 24th of December the 49th was mustered into the Confederate service for a term of twelve months.  Haynes was subsequently captured February 16, 1862 at Fort Donelson, Tennessee.  He arrived at the Camp Chase, Ohio prisoner of war camp on March 1, 1862.  Evidently, Captain Haynes did not like prison very well; he escaped and was soon with his command.    At the reorganization of his company on September 27, 1862 Captain Haynes declined reelection and returned to his home in Stewart County, Tennessee.

     Captain Pugh Haynes’ College Hill sword, sword belt, William Boggs’ original appointment as Second Lieutenant in the Seventh Ohio Cavalry, Boggs’ original appointment as First Lieutenant, his original discharge and muster out roll are included in this remarkable group.  The group is shown on pages 23, 24 and 25 of Collecting the Confederacy.



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