Nashville Plow Works
(Sharp & Hamilton)

Prior to the war, the Nashville Plow Works, operated by Messrs. Sharpand Hamilton, produced farm implements.  With the coming of the war, however, the proprieters rightly guessed that farm equipment would not be selling welland converted their shop to the production of swords, taking the Bibilical injunction of "beat your plowshares into swords...." (Joel 3:10) quite literally.  It is unknown to date whether the firm manufactured anything other than swords.  The Nashville Plow Works continued operation unitl Union forces took Nashville on April 1, 1862.  At this time, the proprietors of the firm were charged with treason and arrested, thus effectively ending the firm's existence.

The number of sabers produced by the Nashville Plow Works is unknown.  However, based on the number of pieces that still exist, it can be surmised that Sharp & Hamilton turned out a large quantity of swords before apprehension by Union troops.  These weapons are distinct in character, having the frim's name and "CSA" cast in their brass guards.

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