HONOLULU (AP) — A Honolulu jewelry store owner who bought a Civil War sword two years ago is selling the relic to a Virginia museum.
Ted Gonzales says he agrees with as friend who helped him research the sword’s origin that it should be in a museum and not over someone’s mantle.
The National Park Service’s Petersburg National Battlefield is buying the sword for $800, the same amount Gonzales paid a man who approached him with the sword after the death of its previous owner.
The Honolulu Star-Advertiser (http://bit.ly/1oSJVc1) reports the sword originally belonged to 2nd Lt. Edwin I. Coe of the 57th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, who died June 17, 1864, at the Battle of Petersburg.
Coe is buried in the Poplar Grove National Cemetery owned and administered by the Petersburg National Battlefield.
Information from: Honolulu Star-Advertiser, http://www.staradvertiser.com
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