Model 1860 Light Cavalry Saber
Union Cavalry Soldier
|This Model 1860 Light Cavalry Saber was made
by the Ames Manufacturing Company in 1862. The U.S. Army used this type
of saber from about 1860 to the end of the Indian Wars in the early 1880s.
The Model 1860 Light Cavalry Saber was meant to replace the Model
1840 Heavy Cavalry Saber. This new saber had a narrower blade that was
much lighter than its predecessor. Soldiers on both sides used light cavalry
sabers at Gettysburg and other Civil War engagements.
The Ames Manufacturing Company of Chicopee, Massachusetts opened its doors in 1791. Ames turned out more swords in larger quantities than all other American makers combined. Their swords have seen service from obscure frontier Indian skirmishes to every famous battle fought by American military and Naval forces from the early 1800s to the great battle fields of Europe in the twentieth century.