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Bygones of Monroe:

Sword Presentation to Col. Spalding.

We have the Nashville Union of the 11th inst., which speaks of a sword presentation to Col. G. Spalding, of this county, now acting Colonel of the 18th Regiment.  Lieut. Reed made appropriate remarks, to which Col. Spalding responded, returning thanks for the magnificent gift.  The Union says—“His manner, not less than the matter of his speech, was peculiarly pleasing; showing that he is not only a soldier but has the other high and noble gifts.

When he concluded, three cheers were given, the regiment dismissed, and numbers came forward to take a look at the sword.  It is a beautiful weapon.  The scabbard is silver plate, ornamented with jewels; the blade of the purest steel, splendidly chased, the belt representing the Goddess of Liberty.  Col. Spalding may well be proud of such a gift; and pledge himself that it shall never be tarnished by any action of his.”


(Monroe Monitor, August 19, 1863, Page 3, Column 1)



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