The sword, used by John Betts of Bethel who enlisted in the Union Army in 1861. The News-Times of Danbury reports that Betts was wounded in the First Battle of Winchester in Virginia, captured and imprisoned.
After four months in prison, he was exchanged for a Confederate soldier and returned to Danbury. His Mason's lodge honored him with a sword engraved with his and the lodge's names.
Carl Faust and Stephan Ryan received the sword from an allotment from a tag sale for their store in Setauket, N.Y. The two men, who are Masons, researched it and contacted the Danbury lodge.
The sword will be displayed at the Danbury lodge
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