Saturday, July 6, 2013
Sword given to soldier back in Conn.
A Civil War sword that turned up at a New York tag sale is coming home to western Connecticut. The sword belonged to John Betts, who enlisted in the Union Army in 1861. Betts was wounded in the First Battle of Winchester in Virginia, captured and imprisoned. He was exchanged for a Confederate soldier and returned to Danbury. His Masonic lodge honored him with a sword, which went missing for decades. • Article