Weapons of the Civil War

Arts & Entertainment
LaSalle Public Library
305 Marquette St. / LaSalle, IL / 61301
Laura Frizol
Feb 12, 2013
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Considered one of the first "modern" and "industrial" wars, the American Civil War saw a wealth of new technology and weapons come onto the battlefield. Advances during the conflict included a transition from muzzle-loading rifles to repeating breech-loaders.  Find out more about these weapons when Jan Zajac, a long-time collector, discusses and showcases his collection of Civil War weapons.

This program is part of a partnership in a series on the Civil War, between the Canal Corridor Association, LaSalle Public Library and Peru Public Library.

A successful advertising executive and agency owner, Jan began collecting in 1982 with the purchase of several Bedouin daggers in a market in Cairo, Egypt. This began a lifelong passion for collecting antique edged weapons.   Realizing that knowledge is power, he also began to establish a personal research library of books pertaining to edged weapons that has grown to more than 1000 volumes.   For the last ten years he has concentrated of his collection of United States Officers swords from the period of the American Revolution through the Civil War years.   Jan is well known at the regional Civil War shows where he enjoys introducing everyone to the joys of collecting. Jan has often told an interested onlooker that having a sword is “…like holding history in your hand.” Select items from his own collection have been featured in several publications. Jan is always happy to help fellow collectors research swords or daggers for their own collections.