I started attempting to clean the brass guard. I didn't use any sort of abrasive or heavy pressure, using a brass polish. I pretty quickly stopped when it looked like this. Is this repairable? The photos make it look worse than it is in-person, there aren't any scratches. What can I do?
During the summer of 1863 a Federal Cavalry expedition was dispatched into mountainous Confederate territory with 3 objectives to accomplish. The first was to drive off a Confederate cavalry command in the area of operation and destroy their base of operations. The second objective was the destruction of saltpeter works in the area. The third and final object might seem rather unusual a military objective. The Federals achieved their first two objectives, but were defeated in battle by Confederate troops and forced to retreat without accomplishing the third. The Confederates were commanded by a man who's grandson and namesake achieved fame in a later war.
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