The gilt knob grip of this cane has ornate floral motifs throughout and bears the R.F. Simmons & Co. maker's mark "R.F.S & CO." The top is inscribed "1866 Presented By Gen J. Kilpatrick to G.W. Adrian for Bravery in the Late War 1862-63-64". G.W. Adrian and his bravery remain unidentified at the time of writing. Brigadier General Hugh Judson Kilpatrick commanded the 3rd Division of cavalry in the Army of the Potomac at the Battle of Gettysburg, which included George Custer's 2nd Brigade of Michigan "Wolverines". Kilpatrick gained quite a reputation during the war for brash, often ill-advised, cavalry charges which often led to heavy casualties, leading the men under his command to give him the nickname "Kill Cavalry". The shaft of the cane has an ebonized finish tipped with German silver. It measures 33 3/4 inches overall.
Very good, the grip of the cane having a minor crack below the knobbed grip, a few scattered minor dings, and some light flaking on top. The shaft retains most of the ebonized finish with some light handling evidence. An intriguing Civil War presentation piece!