Light Calvary Sword Presented to Albert Pike by Benjamin B. French

Serving as a symbol of the bonds of Freemasonry during the Civil War, this engraved light cavalry sword was given by Benjamin B. French, Grand Master of the Grand Encampment of the Knights Templar, who worked in the Lincoln administration, to Albert Pike, a brigadier general in the Confederate Army. The Grand Lodge of Louisiana presented this sword to the House of the Temple Library & Museum on May 23, 2019. The inscription on the sheath reads, “Presented to / General Albert Pike / C.S.A. / By Sir B. B. French G.M. / August 16, 1861,” the date Pike was made brigadier general in the Army.