Lavender has made a comeback as remedy for everything from headaches to inflammation to healing one's soul. At one time these herbals were mainstream medicine, by the 1860's were already considered archaic as medicine ' progressed '. Mostly.
I picked this sword up at auction recently, under the impression it was an 1850 Foot Officer's sword (I've never owned one), which is what the listing stated. I knew they weren't typically made by Horstmann with leather grips, but thought it might have been some kind of anomaly, rewrap, etc. Upon researching further...
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The American Civil War, arguably the most traumatic event in the history of the United States, was fought from 1861 to 1865, and was the culmination of sectional issues which deeply divided the country between a pro-Federal government North and a pro-states rights, in the pro-slavery South, whose eleven states formed a breakaway government called the Confederate States of America. The costliest war in terms of human lives, the American Civil War claimed in excess of 620,000 battle or disease-related deaths - roughly two percent of the country's total population, and nearly more deaths than all other American wars combined.