Positively one of the most interesting, unusual Confederate D-guards you will ever see.
Handle made of lead-based pewter, engraved with soldier’s name, ‘Louisiana Tigers’ and a flag containing skull and cross bones. Blade is 10 ¾ inches X 1 ¾ inches and is made of a rasp. Leather covered scabbard in very good condition. Knife and scabbard have been authenticated by Shannon Pritchard, John Frawner, John Sexton and myself.
Name ‘J Dea' is scratched in handle and 'DEA' on sheath. J.S. Dea enlisted as sergeant; New Orleans in ’61. Age 26, occupation clerk. J. Dea fought all battles with the 8th LA, including battles in the valley with Jackson, served on with the A.N.V. J. Dea went through the ranks to 1st Lieut.
Dea was wounded at Sharpsburg, was wounded badly at Spotsylvania, and was killed while acting adj. to a group of sharpshooters at Hatcher’s Run, Feb 5th 1865. His record mentions him as “A brave and gallant officer”. Comes with all available records from the LA state archive.