Thanks so much Bob. Here is something to ponder: The lady that owned that sabre carried by a member of the Prattville Dragoons told me that an aunt snuck off with the scabbard, belt and accoutrements one day (more than 30 yrs ago probably) and gave them to the archives. I was thinking that perhaps she did not say who carried them or what regiment. So if I can find out the name of the person who donated them, could the items possibly be identified that way, just items ## donated by Jane Doe? The old lady had originally told me that her grandfather, George Frank DeRamus, one of two DeRamuses in the unit, had carried it. But now she has passed away some years ago and her grandson has the sabre on his mantel piece in place of honor. He says that she was wrong that it was actually another grandfather who carried the sabre, John Lewis Rawlinson, also a member of the Prattville Dragoons. I asked him was he sure it was not Pvt. Deramus'? I remarked that Ms. Sarah ought to have known which grandfather carried it and all and that she had even commented that she had seen him kill a snake with as a little girl. But he said yes, he was sure, she was wrong that without a doubt it was Pvt. John Lewis Rawlinson's sabre. A couple of other relatives also said it was John's sabre.
Something interesting; the sabre is an 160 contracted by a foreign company. On the blade it says "H. Boker, Solingen, Germany". I looked into it and that company contracted and made several thousand 1860s Lt Cav Sabres. In the book "The War History of the Prattville Dragoons" it says they were issued cavalry sabres and Colts Navy pistols. I found out the Prattville Dragoons revieved their issue of military equipment and arms from the Mt. Vernon Arsenal from captured stores there. I found that interesting.