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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
    Brass, Iron, Steel, Wood
    Museum of the American Revolution, Gift of Peter H. Tillou


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