This wonderful and historic sword was formerly part of author and historian Wiley Sword's collection. The sword is in great shape retain most of it's gold guilding and the blades has clear and distinct ecthing. The scabbard is inscribed "G.F Towle,Sept 18,1861". This is the date that LT. Col. Towle enlisted in the 4th N.H. Infantry. This great sword comes with an 1 1/2" thick folder compiled by Wiley Sword detailing Col. Towle's many battles and exploits. Col. Towle participated in 91 Battles including Pocotaligo(2KIA-25WIA); Drewry's Bluff(16KIA-79 WIA); Cold Harbor(IKIA-6WIA); Petersburg( 17KIA-77WIA); Deep Bottom(10 KIA-31WIA); New Market( 3KIA-4WIA); Fort Fisher (2KIA-27WIA). He received high praise for for his acts of valor in the Battle for Ft. Fisher. The following is from the book"Confederate Goliath, The Battle of Fort Fisher" by Rod Gragg. " Towle hustled across the open sandy plain with Gen.Ames's note in his hand. He had not gone far when he began to draw sporadic fire from Confederate Sharpshooters atop the landface wall. The bullets were coming close. Towle figured the Rebels could see the note he was carrying,recognized him as a messinger and were trying to shoot him down to disrupt communications. Defiantly,Towle held up the note and shook it at the distant walls of the Fort as he hurried toward the beach." You really can't help but feel a sense of connection withCol.Towle and the War itself when you hold this great sword and read this file. This is but one of many stories detailed in his file. A really great and historic sword carried by a true Civil War Hero. Col. Towle decide to stay in the military after the War and retired from the service in 1892. I'm sure this sword was one of his treasured keepsakes.