Capt. Charles B. Nelson
Co. "H" 47th Wisconsin Volunteers 16 Feb 65- 4 Sep 65

On information from a Concerned Citizen, Tom Jones

Hello Pete:
Enjoyed your site. 
I am a long time Civil War collector specializing in presentation and identified material.  Included is a presentation sword to Captain Charles B. Nelson.  The sword was presented to him in February, 1865 by his Company "H" of the 47th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry Regt.
If you are interested, I would be happy to provide more specifics including photographs.
Tom Jones-Concerned Citizen
Medina, Ohio


I responded to Tom requesting further information and permissions to display his email address as a link:

He responded;

Hi Pete:
I did indeed get your response and was happy to hear of your interest.  We are recovering from some flooding and I have not had much time since, but I am assembling a package for you.  It would be easiest for me if I sent it by mail, so let me have your address. 
The Civil War Research and Data Base shows him commissioned into "H" Co., WI 47th Infantry on 1/30/1865 and he was mustered out on 9/4/1865 at Nashville, TNHe mustered into "G" Co., WI 15th Infantry on 9/27/1861 and was mustered out on 1/13/1865.  He is listed as having been wounded on 5/27/1864 at New Hope Church, GA.  The Casualty Sheet states he was wounded in the shoulder.
The inscription on the sword is "Presented by His Company, C. B. Nelson, Capt. Co. H 47 Reg Inft, Wis. Vol. Feb. 27, 1865, Madison, Wis."  He is mentioned in "Norwegians in the Civil War".  I have his military and pension records and some photography of the sword.  What would you like me to send?
I would obviously be delighted to find an image of him and if you know of anyone with a copy would be just fine.  I have written articles for NST Civil War and he would certainly be a candidate for one.  Articles include The Stoystown Sword, The Sword of Zorro's Father, and William A. Fraser.

Further from Tom on Captain Nelson:

Hi Pete:
Responding to your last email on Captain Nelson:  1.  I have no relationship to the Captain I have been collecting Civil War presentation swords and other identified material for about 40 years.  I have extensive research on around 50 such items.  2.  You may include my email address on his Tribute page.
Regarding your second paragraph,  I will scan and send you his Individual Muster-in Roll which shows the February 24 date as the date he was "mustered into the service of the U.S. as Capt....".
Probably be sending the scan and jpegs next week.
Hi Pete:
As promised, I am enclosing two pics of the Nelson sword.   Hope you can use them. 
Tom Jones



           Nelson Sword showing the Beautiful Hilt                                                                        Nelson Sword showing Inscription


Tom Jones- A concerned Citizen
Medina, Ohio

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