War of 1812 - Artefact of the Week - February 22, 2013

Sabre of Lieutenant Colonel Benjamin Forsyth, 1st US Rifle Regiment.

Parks Canada: X.72.554.1

This ornate steel sabre was owned by American infantry officer Benjamin Forsyth. The curved blade has intricate designs and the word “warranted” etched near the shoulder. An American eagle design can be seen on the longet. The sabre’s hilt is of gilt metal, has an ivory grip and an eagle-headed pommel.

Forsyth was a hard driving officer of the 1st US Rifle Regiment. He fought in actions along the St. Lawrence River in 1812 and early 1813. This sabre was captured by British forces following the defeat of Forsyth’s troops at the Battle of Ogdensburg, New York, on 22 February 1813. Forsyth served at the raid on York, Upper Canada in April 1813; and in the Niagara region later that year at the Battle of Stoney Creek, and at the Battle and Siege of Fort George. He was killed in a skirmish near Odelltown, Lower Canada, on 28 June 1814.

For more information, visit Fort Wellington National Historic Site on the Parks Canada Website.

 Sabre of Lieutenant Colonel Benjamin Forsyth, 1st US Rifle Regiment Sabre of Lieutenant Colonel Benjamin Forsyth, 1st US Rifle Regiment
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