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Model 1860 Light Cavalry Saber: curved steel blade with single edge and false edge; two fullers, one broad and running from the ricasso to near the tip, and a shorter narrower one on the back; obverse ricasso vertically stamped: "U.S. /C.E.W./1864"; reverse ricasso vertically stamped: "AMES MFG CO/CHICOPEE"; the back of the blade is wide and flat; grips are wood covered with leather and wound with twisted brass wire and have a distinctive swell in the center; the pommel is brass in the Phrygian helmet pattern; guard is also brass with half-basket and knuckle-bow with two branches on the obverse side joining an oval on the counter-guard. The scabbard is iron with two bands and suspension rings, the drag is stamped inverted and vertically "G.W.S" John Schollkopf resided in Oshkosh, Winnebago County when he enlisted there on December 22, 1863. When he enlisted he gave his place of birth as Germany (circa 1824); his age 39; height 5 feet and 9 1/2 inches tall; light complexion; dark eyes; dark hair; and a laborer by trade. He was assigned as a private in Company D, 3rd Wisconsin Volunteer Cavalry and was transferred to Company I, 3rd (re-organized) Wisconsin Volunteer Cavalry on March 23, 1865. John was then mustered out on September 29, 1865. He was listed in 1868 as operating a saloon and residing at 184 Main Street in the city of Oshkosh. John died on Apr. 27, 1870 at the age of 46 years and 19 days. He is buried in Oshkosh at Riverside Cemetery, Original Section, Block 19.
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