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Old South Military Antiques

Identified 2nd Alabama Infantry Presentation Sword
Item #: OS-7876

  Wounded Four Times


  Note the "Extra Branch"

  The tassle is original

  “Lt. R. L. Killough Co. H, 2nd Ala Infantry Regt.”

The Leech & Rigdon "Extra Branch” staff & field sword shown here is etched with "Lt. R. L. Killough Co. H, 2nd Ala Infantry Regt.” in a large panel and Leech & Rigdon’s typical floral/vine patterns. The sword is in very good condition, as is its original scabbard.

The presentation panel had been originally etched with a different name, which was removed and re-etched with "Lt. R. L. Killough Co. H, 2nd Ala Infantry Regt.”

Robert L. Killough had originally served in the 10th Alabama Infantry. Eighteen year old R. L. Killough, a resident of Clayton, Alabama, enlisted on June 4th, 1861, at Montevallo, Alabama. He was wounded in the hand at the Battle of Chancellorsville, and was seriously wounded in the arm at the Battle of Gettysburg. The corporal was furloughed from the hospital for forty days. Being injured, he was "Detailed in the enrolling business”. No further record is found in the 10th, he next appears in the 2nd Alabama Infantry Regiment Reserves, where he was elected a Lieutenant in Company H, March 14th, 1864. They were assigned to Liddell’s Brigade in September 1864. September and October saw them in the Department of Alabama, Withers’ Brigade; from October through December, they were in Fuller’s Brigade, and from January to March 1865, in Thomas’ Brigade, all of which were in the District of the Gulf, Department of Alabama, Mississippi and East Louisiana. The 2nd fought the Battle of Mobile, March 17th, through April 12th, 1865. In March 1865, they were redesignated as the 63rd Alabama Infantry. Lt. Killough was paroled on June 13th, 1865, at Talladega, Alabama.

The blade is smooth from ricasso to point and the etching remains relatively clear. The guard is as tight as when it was manufactured. The original grip wrap is a thing of beauty; it is wrapped with painted canvas and two strands of twisted brass wire, both of which are one hundred percent complete and it has a wonderful, purely Confederate manufactured sword knot still attached. Its back stitched Leech &Rigdon scabbard too is in very good condition. There is some shrinkage of the leather which has allowed the point of the blade to penetrate the drag a bit. The leather is strong and supple and retains a good surface. It is in very good condition. One band and one ring mount is numbered 32, as Leech & Rigdon occasionally did.

After the War Lt. Killough continued on his life, becoming an active member of the political conservatives, and being a founding member of his local Agricultural and Mechanical Society. He grew his wealth to amass quite a fortune, and by late 1880 he had "500 acres of the richest land in Alabama.”[i] Lt. Killough lived to be ninety-nine years old, being the last living veteran in Shelby County, Alabama and one of the few still living in the entire state. He died on February 28, 1942. Being one of the few soldiers to fight through the chivalric era of the War of Northern Aggression, see the Great War "to end all wars”, and live well into the largest war the modern, mechanized world has yet seen to this day. He lived to see multiple generations worth of war; with warriors fighting to protect home, family, freedom, and all he held dear. Thus was the life of 2nd Lieutenant R. L. Killough, 2nd Alabama Infantry Regiment, Confederate States of America.

[i] The Bibb Blade, December 2, 1880

Price $29,500.00 USD