The Civil War in Missouri

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Confederate Officer’s Sword Captured by Major James F. How, 27th Missouri Volunteers

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How, an officer in the 27th Missouri Infantry (Union), captured this sword from Captain Augustus Moore of the 38th Alabama Infantry during the Battle of Lookout Mountain, Tennessee, in November 1863. He intercepted and burned a Confederate wagon train during the engagement, which ended in an important Union victory. How had taken a leave of absence earlier that year because of remittent fever complicated by renal disease. When his three-year term of service expired in July 1864, he returned to St. Louis and married Eliza Eads, the daughter of James B. Eads, and entered the railroad business.