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This sword belonged to Major General Benjamin Lincoln, General Washington’s second in command at the Siege of Yorktown. When British General Cornwallis sent his own second in command to surrender in his place at Yorktown on October 19, 1781, Washington had Lincoln accept their surrender. 

Object Details

  • Saber (sword)
    Probably North America
    1775-1783
    Brass, Iron, Steel, Wood
    Museum of the American Revolution, Gift of Peter H. Tillou
    2016.04.0001

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Map of the Siege of Yorktown

This map celebrates the triumph of the allied Continental and French forces over the British Army at the Siege of Yorktown in 1781.
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George Wilson's Sword

Lieutenant Colonel George Wilson of the 8th Pennsylvania Regiment carried this hanger, also known as a short sword, during the Revolutionary War.
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Jonathan Pettibone's Sword

French and Indian War veteran Colonel Jonathan Pettibone carried this small sword, engraved with his name, during the New York campaign of 1776.
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