Presentation Sword

Owner: Colonel Frank Wolford
From the collections of the
Kentucky Historical Society
Accession Number 2007.41

Presentation Sword, c. 1864

34.125" H x 3.125" W x 1.0" D

Presentation swords were given as thanks for a soldier’s service. They were worn for parades and other formal events. This sword belonged to Union Colonel Frank Wolford. In the army, Wolford chased Confederate General John Hunt Morgan and his raiders. He was given this sword in honor of his service. Later, Wolford was kicked out of the Army for speaking out against President Abraham Lincoln.