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Ann -- Here is the info on Powers from our display of his sword in our museum.
Walt Busch

SWORD OF CAPT.
PINCKNEY L. POWERS
(1823-1901), US

Captain, Wayne County (Independent) Co. State Militia
(Summer, 1861-Mar 1862)
Captain, Co. K, 68th Enrolled Missouri Militia
(Summer, 1862- May 1863)
Captain, Co. M, 8th Provisional Regt, Enrolled Missouri Militia
(May, 1863-Nov. 1863)
Captain, Co. H, 47th Missouri Infantry
(Aug 1864-Mar 1865)

Powers and his company served as advanced scouts in Wayne Co. and Southeast Missouri through 1864.
Planned the Bloomfield Scout. On 27 January 1863, his troops captured 54 Confederates in a raid on Bloomfield, MO without loss of life on either side.
27 Sep 1864, In the south rifle pit at Pilot Knob, where he said: AH! This dont suit me. I want to be out well armed and mounted, and pitch in to em! Was slightly wounded. Rear guard action on withdrawal to Leesburg.
Civilian Life: Millwright, Douglas Democrat, State Representative 1863-1865, Post War Wayne Co. Assessor (circa 1867).

Sword: Manufacturer Unknown. Probably an 1840 Cavalry Officer's Saber. Scroll work atypical, but probably not designed for Captain Powers. 1 lb. 13/16 oz. Length: 40 in. Blade Length: 34 in.
Scabbard:1 lb. 1/16 oz. Length: 35 1/4 in.

DONATED IN 2004 BY THE WILLIAM POWERS FAMILY, SPRINGFIELD,MO.

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