Col. Tew’s long lost sword to be returned to The Citadel

Col. Charles Courtenay Tew

Col. Charles Courtenay Tew

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Charles Courtenay Tew was among the first 26 cadets to report to what was originally called the Citadel Academy in 1843. He became the academy’s first honor graduate in 1846, the first president of the academy’s alumni association in 1852, and the first Citadel alumnus to be declared missing in action.

Tew’s sword, which was given to him by his fellow cadets and was engraved, was taken from him when he was mortally wounded at the Battle of Antietam near Sharpsburg, Maryland, on Sept. 17, 1862. It was one of the first battles of the American Civil War to be fought in the North. A Union soldier was said to have taken the sword, but its location was unknown for a century and a half.

Col. Tew's Sword

Col. Tew’s Sword

In early 2015, the college was contacted by the 33 Signals Regiment Foundation of Ottawa, Canada, and was informed that the sword had been identified. The Canadian regiment wanted to return it to The Citadel. As a result, members of the group will travel from Ottawa to Antietam National Battlefield Park in Maryland for a commemorative event, and then on to Charleston and The Citadel for a reception and sword presentation. Details are as follows:

• 1 – 1:45 p.m., Wed., September 16, Antietam National Battlefield, Maryland – Col. Charles C. Tew Sword Ceremony.
• 6:30 p.m., Thurs., Sept. 17, Daniel Library, The Citadel – Reception with the Tew Sword on display, and reciting of the story of the sword.
• 3:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 18, Summerall Field, The Citadel – The official transfer of the sword to be held just prior to the college’s traditional Friday dress parade.

Want to know more about Col. Tew? go to:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_C._Tew

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