Civil War Medical Staff Sword from Iowa Surgeon
A well-documented M1840 Medical Officer’s sword originally obtained in 1972 from the family by Lewis Leigh. Surgeon Stephen M. Cobb, 35th Iowa Infantry wore this excellent condition M1840 Medical Staff sword by Horstmann, Philadelphia. Surgeon Cobb served in the campaign in Vicksburg and surrounding areas in 1863.
Stephen Cobb was born in Maine and enlisted at age 43 from Muscatine, Iowa on 9/16/1862 as Assistant Surgeon in the 35th Iowa Infantry. He was promoted to Surgeon 8/15/1863 anf mustered out on 8/10/1865 at Davenport, Iowa.
The 35th Iowa infantry Regiment mustered into service at Muscatine, Iowa on Sept. 18, 1862. They moved to Cairo, Illinois, then by set out for the Vicksburg campaign. The regiment participated in the battle of Jackson and crossed the Big Black River on May 18 to arrive Vicksburg engaging in the siege. When Vicksburg capitulated, they returned to Jackson and in March 1864, it joined the Red River expedition. The regiment fought at the Battle of Pleasant Hill, losing 64 men.
On the retreat of Banks' army, the regiment saw its continued share of the fighting. At Mansura, La., it lost 3 wounded, and at Bayou de Glaize, 3 killed, 17 wounded and 1 missing. After returning to Vicksburg, the regiment was in Gen. Smith's force at the Battle of Lake Chicot. In a brief but deadly battle, the regiment lost about 20 men. They proceeded to Memphis with the 12th Iowa. it formed a part of the brigade of Col. Woods and participated in the battle of Tupelo. Returning to Memphis they engaged in the Oxford expedition.
At the battle of Nashville its brigade fought with conspicuous gallantry and great loss, and the 35th engaged in pursuit of the Confederates.
The regiment was soon transferred to the South, still in Gen. Smith's army, to enter upon the Mobile campaign, and siege duty at Spanish Fort. It was mustered out Aug. 10, 1865.