Bond County Soldier’s Civil War Sword Featured On Antiques Roadshow

Col. John B. Reid

A sword that belonged to a Civil War colonel from Bond County was appraised on an episode of PBS’s “Antiques Roadshow” earlier this week.

The sword is owned by a descendent of Colonel John B. Reid. Local historian Kevin Kaegy told WGEL Colonel Reid was the highest ranking officer in the Civil War to hail from Bond County. He was well known and well connected in the local community and had strong ties to the Presbyterian Church. Reid held various offices in Bond County and served as the Circuit Clerk.

Reid’s letters home from the Civil War have been transcribed and make up much of what is known about Bond County’s involvement in the Civil War.

Colonel Reid was wounded and captured by Confederates in 1864 and lost his sword. Rather than placing Reid in a prison camp, the Confederates sent him back home to Bond County. Reid eventually re-joined the Civil War effort, but while he was home recuperating, Kaegy told us the citizens of Bond County bought him a new sword, which is the one featured on “Antiques Roadshow” recently.

To view the recent “Antiques Roadshow” featuring the most famous sword from Bond County, visit http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/roadshow/archive/201304A48.html.

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