Saturday, September 19, 2015

Tew sword, for years in Canada, is now on display at The Citadel's library

Click to enlarge: Cadets conduct sword drill before display case (Daniel Library)

A sword, cup and other items that belonged to The Citadel’s first honor graduate have been reunited for the first time in 153 years.

Col. Charles Courtenay Tew died Sept. 17, 1862, at the Battle of Antietam while leading a North Carolina unit. The weapon, his watch and a cup were taken as trophies of war. Just this week, a Canadian military unit that had the sword for several decades transferred it to the military school in Charleston, S.C.

A ceremony was held Thursday at The Citadel’s Daniel Library. The sword will remain on display in the library. The cup is on loan from Tew descendants until the end of the academic year.

(Photos courtesy of Daniel Library)

Lt. Goble David Goble (left) is director of the library and was involved in planning the return of the sword to Charleston. Caroline Sloan (center), a Tew descendant, told the Picket recently that the family has long searched for the sword, knowing only that it was in Ohio. In 1963, a woman who moved from the United States to Ottawa gave the sword to a relative in the 33 Signal Regiment of the Canadian Army.

Michael Martin (right) is the head of the regiment’s foundation. He and others spent years proving the weapon’s provenance after the unit moved from one building to another. Canadian officials decided the sword rightfully belonged at The Citadel.

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