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This steel bayonet has a curved steel blade with blood grooves, tapering to broken tip. It was used with an English Pattern 1858 short rifle. The crossguard has rounded finials and a muzzle ring. According to label affixed to one side of hilt, this weapon was picked up on the Spotsylvania battlefield by Benjamin Walker of the 18th Kansas Cavalry, Company G. The label's wording is deceptive because the 18th Kansas was an Indian Wars regiment. Walker was a private with Company I of the 57th Massachusetts Infantry during the Civil War. The 57th fought at the Battle of Spotsylvania, Virginia, in 1864, where Walker apparently picked up the bayonet. After the war, Walker settled in Kansas and probably enlisted in the 18th Kansas Cavalry during the Indian Wars.

Date: between 1858 and 1864

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Item Number: 224293
KSHS Identifier: 1955.66.2

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