I need help in determining the location of the ceremonial sword (if it still is in existance) presented to Brevet Brigadier-General John McConihe of the 169th N.Y.S.V. Infantry Regiment after he was promoted to colonel of that regiment.
Below is a newspaper article from "The Troy Daily Press" dated September 26, 1863 describing the sword:
"A MAGNIFICENT TESTIMONIAL TO LIEUT.-COL. JOHN McCONIHE. – One of the most beautiful as well as costly testimonials ever presented to a military officer in this section of the State, is about to be forwarded to our gallant fellow townsman, Lieutenant-Colonel JOHN McCONIHE, of the One Hundred and Sixty-ninth regiment. It consists of an elaborately wrought sword and scabbards, with passants, straps, belts, &c., all of which were gotton up regardless of expense. The testimonial is from the friends and admirers of the gentleman in this city, and it is as creditable to them as it is complimentary to him for whom it is intended. The hilt is of solid silver, while the principal scabbard (there are two – one for parade and the other for field use) is decorated with twenty-three jewels, all neatly and substantially set. The blade is of the finest make, and is also beautifully decorated. The Passants, Belts, &c., are of the most substantial and beautiful manufacture. The entire outfit is arranged in [a] handsome rosewood case."
Colonel McConihe sent the sword to his parent's home in Troy, N.Y., shortly after having received it in 1863. He was later killed in action at the Battle of Cold Harbor, Va., on June 1, 1864.