Gen. Archer lead a very â€‹interesting and heroic life. He first enlisted in the 9th U.S Infantry in 1847 during the Mexican American War as a Lieutenant . He quickly rose to Captain and won a brevet to Major for braveryâ€‹ at the Battle of Chapultepec. After the war he settled in Texas where he was wounded in a Duel with future Union General Andrew Porter. His second was Thomas J. (Stonewall) Jackson. In 1855 he reenlisted at his old rank of Captain in the 9th Infantry which is when he acquired this sword. He served mostly in the Northwest until he resigned on May 14th, 1861 to join the Confederacy. Like it's owner this sword has seen much action and the condition reflects it. It's a European import Non Regulation Officer's sword . The well worn blade is marked on the ricasso W. Walsheid – Solingen and on the obverse Proved in a brass disc. The inscription on the scabbard was done at the time Capt. Archer acquired it in 1855 which is the year he re-enlisted in the 9th U.S Infantry . â€‹His exploits in the Civil War are well know and I've put together a 1" thick file on him that includes 20 pages of his personal letters,many of which detail Battles fought.