The L. Haiman & Brother manufactured Officers Sword is identified to Brevet 2nd Lieutenant Thomas J. Key, Commander of the Helena Artillery Battery. This sword was manufactured by L. Haiman & Brother of Columbus, Georgia. In May 1862, Confederate forces underwent an army-wide reorganization due to the passage of the Conscription Act by the Confederate Congress in April 1862. All twelve month Units had to re-muster and enlist two additional years or the duration of the war. A new election of Officers was ordered, and it is surmised at this point, Captain Thomas J. Key, became Commander of the Helena Artillery in May 1862. The Helena Artillery was a Confederate Army Artillery Battery. This unit was organized on April 27th 1862 at Helena, in Phillips County Arkansas. The unit was known by several other designations during the war including; Clarkson's Battery, Company "A" Shoup's Artillery Battalion, Calvert's Battery and Keys Battery. This unit was occasionally assigned to Artillery Battalions from other states, so the Arkansas Unit was at various times designated as Company C, 20th Alabama Light Artillery Battalion and later as Company H, 28th Georgia Artillery Battalion. The Helena Artillery participated in the following campaigns: Battle of Shiloh, Tennessee. April 6-7 1862, Siege of Corinth, April -June 1862, Kentucky Campaign: Battle of Perryville, Kentucky, Stones River Campaign: Battle of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Dec 31st - January 3rd 1863, Tullahoma Campaign: Battle of Chickamauga,Georgia. September 19-20th 1863, Siege of Chattanooga, Tennessee. Battle of Missionary Ridge, November 21st 1863, Atlanta, Georgia-Campaign, May-September 1864: Battle of Pickett's Mill, Georgia. May 27th 1864, Battle of Kennesaw Mountain,Georgia. June 27th 1864, Siege of Atlanta, Georgia, July 22nd 1864, Battle of Jonesboro,Georgia. August 31st and Sept 1, 1864, Franklin-Nashville Campaign: Battle of Nashville, Tennessee. December 15-16th 1864. Keys Battery was captured with most of the rest of Daniel Govan's Arkansas Brigade in the fighting at Jonesboro, Georgia on September 1st 1864. Captain Thomas J. Key's Sword has a total length of 40" with a blade length of 32". This heavy pattern Officers sword still retains remnants of it's original leather wrap covering over wooden grip. The 32" blade survives in exceptional condition with no blade nicks. The blade is stamped at ricasso Haiman & Bro. The Presentation Id. reads: "T.J. Key. Brevet Second Lieut".opposite blade: "Columbus Minute Boys." For Condition, Content & Rarity, one could say; "This Sword Has It All."
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