The Artifact Gallery was made possible by a generous gift from the William T. Kemper Foundation – Commerce Bank, Trustee.
This large knife from the Civil War period is often referred to as a "bowie" knife, but the Confederate Ordnance referred to them as "side" knives. According to the donor, this knife with sheath belonged to one of his grandfathers, Sneed or Benjamin Bradley, both of whom served in the Confederate Army -- Sneed for Virginia and Benjamin for Missouri. Sneed Bradley has not yet been identified, but service records all identify Benjamin Bradley with Pindall's 9th Regiment of Missouri Sharpshooters (Confederate). Private Bradley, of Monroe County, Missouri, surrendered to Union forces at New Orleans on May 26, 1865, and was paroled at Shreveport on June 7. The 9th Battalion Missouri Sharpshooters was organized from units in the field in 1862 and 1863 and fought in Arkansas and Louisiana.