icon for Home page
icon for Kid's Home page
icon for Digital Collection
icon for Activities
icon for Turns Exhibit
icon for In the Classroom
icon for Chronologies
icon for My Collection

Things To Do
Dress Up | 1st Person | African American Map | Now Read This | Magic Lens | In the Round | Tool Videos | Architecture | e-Postcards | Chronologies | Turns Activities

Send an E-Postcard of:
Infantry Officers' sword, 1821-1832

(c) Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association, Deerfield MA. All rights reserved.
Contact us for information about using this image.

By the early 19th century, observers of local militias often complained that these volunteer companies were inept and poorly trained. The Franklin Cadets of Deerfield, Massachusetts, were an exception. Organized in 1823, their fine uniforms, precision marching and coordinated musket firing impressed spectators. The unit played an important role on fall militia training days, and enlivened many public celebrations. The sound of fifes and drums accompanied the Cadets whenever they appeared. This dress sword belonged to Lieutenant Henry Smith, an officer in the Cadets. The Franklin Cadets paraded for the last time in 1854.


top of page

Share this image with a friend.
Simply enter their e-mail address below and we'll send them this image in an e-mail greeting, along with a link to see the image on our site.

To E-Mail Address *
From E-Mail Address *
From Name

* = Required

button for Side by Side Viewingbutton for Glossarybutton for Printing Helpbutton for How to Read Old Documents


Home | Online Collection | Things To Do | Turns Exhibit | Classroom | Chronologies | My Collection
About This Site | Site Index | Site Search | Feedback