Ripley Museum receives Presentation Sword from Rankin descendant

By Martha Jacob –

The Ripley Museum has a new Civil War display.
Don Degrape of Walnut Creek, California, a direct descendant of the abolitionist Rev. John Rankin, has graciously gifted  Adam Lowry Rankin’s Presentation Sword.
Adam Lowry, Rankin’s eldest son, was assigned to the First Brigade of the Second Division of the 15th Army Corps in the Civil War.  This unit presented him with the sword after deferring an appointment until his regiment was mustered out of the army. It is a wonderful sword and scabbard that is engraved:
“Presented to Captain A. L. Rankin, chaplain of the 113th Regiment of the Illinois Infantry Volunteers by his comrades as a token of their love and esteem.”
Degrape also donated Rankin’s Bible that he carried in the Civil War and his Campaign Chair.
The museum has a fine collection of Civil War memorabilia.  A variety of displays show case guns, pistols, swords, power horns, portraits and may unique items such as a shaving mirror.
The museum is open 10-4 on Saturdays. Non- member admission is only $4.