A rare piece of American Civil War history will make its way back to the mainland after being discovered here in Hawaii.
Ted Gonzales, who owns Pacific Diamond and Swiss Watch Exchange on Kapiolani Blvd., knew he had something special on his hands when a seller came in to his store with a model 1850 Union infantry officer sword.
After purchasing the blade, Gonzales kept it in the back for years until a customer, a Civil War buff, spotted it and did some research.
Turns out, the sword has an amazing back story about 2nd Lt. Edwin Coe, who died at the Battle of Petersburg on June 17, 1864.
“He was hit by a bullet and he was able to get up because he was stunned,” Gonzales said. “Strange enough, he had a premonition that he was going to die the next day in a dream, which unfortunately came true… He was hit in the exact same place he was hit before. He perished and died with this sword.”
Gonzales says he still doesn’t know how the sword got to Hawaii.
Similar swords have been valued in the $6,000 price range, but Gonzales says this object’s history is too important, so he’s sending it back to the Petersburg Civil War Museum in Va.
In the meantime, the sword will be on display at Gonzales’ shop until late next week.