Collector Brings Woman Soldier's Sword To New Bern

A sword that saw action in the Civil War battle at New Bern has returned to the city 149 years after the fight that left the Confederate city under U.S. occupation for the rest of the war. The Sun Journal of New Bern reported that memorabilia dealer Will Gorges bought the sword that belonged to Kady Brownell. Brownell was a female soldier for the U.S. Army who fought alongside her husband, Robert, and was heralded as a heroine at the battle of New Bern. Gorges said he bought the sword from a private Rhode Island estate. Gorges says the sword matches newspaper and book descriptions of it with Brownell's named carved on the scabbard. Brownell and her husband each received an Army pension of about $8 a month.

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