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The Daily Dispatch: November 6, 1861., [Electronic resource], Arms of precision in Inexperienced hand. (search)
tenant, private Daily stepped forward from the ranks, and, in the most grave and solemn manner, said that the Company had requested him to present to Lt. Willis a sword, and having unbuckled it from his own person, he drew from his pocket a paper, which read thus: "Sir, this magnificent sword which I have the honor to present you, has been procured by this company at a great price. Its keen edge has spilled the blood of many a braw man. It is, sir, the same sword that was worn by Goliath of Gath, and with which the youthful hero, David, severed the Giant's head from his body. At the destruction of Jerusalem it was buried amid the ruins of that great city, and found many centuries afterward by an English traveler, who sold it to Richard the Third, and was used by him in the great fight, where he cried--'A horse, a horse; a kingdom for a horse.' The next time we hear of it, it had fallen into the hands of the family of Cornwallis, and when his lordship of revolution times was about to