PRESENTATION Sword to CAPTAIN SAMUEL SWIGERT of TROOP F 2nd Cavalry Colonel
Graduate of West Point, Veteran of the Western Frontier, Philippines
Here we present an antique Presentation Sword from Troop F of the 2nd US Cavalry to then-Captain Samuel M. Swigert. This sword was acquired from and personalized by F.J. Heiberger in Washington, D.C., who was in business circa 1858 to about 1900.
Samuel Miller Swigert was born in Frankfort, Kentucky 28 November 1845. He was appointed to the United States Military Academy in 1863 by President Abraham Lincoln. He was awarded his diploma upon graduation in 1868 by then-General Ulysses S. Grant. He joined the 2nd US Cavalry as a Second Lieutenant and spent the next 30 years of his military career with that unit, during which time he saw the Western Frontier and the United States in general transform dramatically in the post-Civil War period. His first station was Fort McPherson in Nebraska, then Fort Ellis and Camp Baker in Montana, where he took part in the exploration of the Wagon Road from Diamond City to Fort Benton.
He was promoted to 1st Lieut. in October of 1869. Fought the Piegans in 1870 and spent much of that year scouting and in 1871 escorting the Surveyors of the 40th Parallel. Was ordered by then-President Grant to return East to take a professorship at Kentucky University in 1871, which lasted until 1874. December of 1874 saw him return West to Camp Stambaugh then Fort Fred Steele (1875) in Wyoming. From May to November of 1876 he took part in the Big Horn and Yellowstone Expedition, during which he and his troop engaged the Sioux at Hay Creek, the Battle of Rosebud Mountains both in Montana, this the same month Custer and the 7th would be defeated at the Battle of the Greasy Grass (Little Bighorn), and the Slim Buttes in the Dakotas.
Swigert spent the intervening years in Wyoming and Montana scounting and was promoted to Captain 20 October 1881. He spent several years at Fort Walla Walla in Washington on Frontier Duty. Intervening years at Fort Leavenworth in Kansas until 1894. Professor of Military Science and Tactics at the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Kentucky in Lexington from 1894 to 1898. When the Spanish-American War began he was sent to Minnesota for mustering duty.
30 June 1898 he was promoted to Major and in August he was transferred to the 3rd Cavalry. 1898 saw him in Tampa, Florida; Montauk Point, New York; Fort Ethan Allen in Vermont; and Augusta, Georgia. In 1899 he sailed with the 3rd from Seattle, Washington to Manila, Philippines to put down the insurrection. He was in continuous operations there until he had a stroke which disabled him with partial paralysis, at which time he returned stateside to the US General Hospital at Presidio in San Francisco in California.
On 18 April 1901 he was promoted to Colonel Assistant Adjutant General and he fully retired 30 January 1903 from the 5th Cavalry. He passed away at age 73 on 4 April 1919 in Walton, KY.
The amount of history that this man saw unfold is incredible, from being a boy in the years leading up to and the American Civil War itself, to the fighting of the Indians in the West, the taming of the frontier, the Spanish-American War, the Philippine-American War, and living to see the end of the Great War, this man participated in more history than we can fathom. Much of the timeline above was sourced from Callum’s Biographical Register of the Graduates of the Military Academy.
The overall condition is Very Fine. Solid hilt with tight sharkskin and wire wrap. The etchings are clear. Excellent nickel and gilt finish throughout. This would have been a very nice gift for an officer to receive from his troop.
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