History buffs are working to bring an important piece of history back to Georgia, as soon as they can raise 100-thousand dollars.
Appling County is named after Daniel Appling. For his bravery against British Troops during the War of 1812, Georgia’s General Assembly awarded him a ceremonial sword. But he died before getting it.
David Carmichael with the Georgia Division of Archives and History says the sword was kept at the State Capitol and then sent to the Georgia Historical Society.
“While it was there it was sent to Jamestown Virginia for the 300th anniversary of the founding of Jamestown and after that point we kind of cannot tell what happened to it. We think it came back at some point but we can’t find any other record of it.”
Now more than 100 years later it’s been spotted for sale in an antiques magazine. Carmichael says supporters of the archives are raising 100-thousand dollars to buy it and hope to have it back by the War of 1812’s Bicentennial. They plan to display it at the state capitol.