Not so long ago, my 12 year old daughter, Sarah, posed the question “Why do you keep all this old stuff” as she perused the Civil War artifacts I have displayed in my office at home. I tried to explain to her that my “old stuff” were tangible reminders of a war that has excited my interest since I was just a child.
Among the many artifacts I have in my office is a sword hanger that I found while metal
Sword Hanger found on the Port Gibson battlefield by the Author.
detecting on the Port Gibson battlefield, June 18, 1995. I immediately thought of this small brass relic after reading the following article, which was published in The Vicksburg Herald on March 13, 1901:
ROMANCE OF A SWORD
A YOUNG LADY OF PORT GIBSON FINDS AN IOWA OFFICER’S SWORD.
On the first day of May…
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