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Grenville F. Sparrow sword, ca. 1863

Grenville F. Sparrow sword, ca. 1863

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Grenville Sparrow of Portland, who served as a sergeant, then 2nd and 1st lieutenant, and finally as captain in the 17th Maine Infantry, carried this army-issued field sword during his time as a commissioned officer during the Civil War.

Officers rarely used the swords in battle.

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