So here's a question for the real history buffs: would an officer of the 19th century obtain a new sword as he progressed in rank? or would he continue to use the one he received upon commissioning (or whatever occasion the sword was presented)?
Perhaps it may be been a personal preference, or perhaps there was some sort of protocol involved? This particular officer (Clinton B. Fisk) had previously commanded a Missouri Infantry regiment before being elevated to Brigadier General. Would custom of the day compel him to obtain a new sword for his new posting?