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Colonel Joe Shelby of Missouri became a brigadier general after leading his "iron Brigade" of Missouri volunteers on a great raid between September and November of 1863. They traveled over a thousand miles, inflicted a thousand casualties on Union forces and captured or destroyed about two million dollars worth of Union property and supplies.
He continued harrassing union forces in Arkansas and captured many union-held towns in Missouri during 1864. Among his conquests in Arkansas was the capture and destruction of an armored Union ship, the U.S.S. Queen City.
Shelby was to be promoted to Major General in May, 1865. The promotion was never formally submitted, since Lee surrendered and the Confederate government fell shortly afterward. Shelby, however, was never defeated and did not surrender. Instead, he took his remaining troop of about a thousand men south into Mexico in June of 1865. Their plan was to offer their services to the Emperor Maximillian. Maximillian declined their offer, but did grant them land for an American colony near Vera Cruz. The grant was short-lived. It was revoked two years later, after Maximillian's empire was overthrown and its emperor executed.
Returning to Missouri in 1867, Shelby returned to farming. He was appointed U.S. Marshall for the Western District of Missouri in 1893, a position he held until his death in 1897.
General Joe Shelby's Cavalry Saber
#500050 -- This authentic, hand-made replica of General Joe Shelby's Confederate Officer's Saber is hand-forged and tempered 1095 high carbon steel, with original handle and sheath materials to ensure it handles exactly as the original did! Flexible, ornate blade, leather grip wrapped with brass wire, CSA acid-etched on the blade, and CS cast into the guard. The scabbard is blued steel with brass throats, mounts, rings and drag. Can be sharpened for an additional fee. 38 inches overall, blade is 32 inches long.
34" long carbon steel blade, leather grip is spiral wire bound, steel scabbard with brass fittings. Authentic replica of the saber used by troops of J.E.B. Stewart, Wade Hampton and Nathan Bedford Forest.
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