Historic sword going back to Annapolis

January 09, 2004

The FBI announced yesterday plans to return a historic sword that once belonged to a Civil War captain to the U.S. Naval Academy Museum, where it was housed until it was reported missing in 1931.

Bureau officials will be in Annapolis on Monday to return the sword, a gift from the state of New York to Capt. John Lorimer Worden. He commanded the USS Monitor in the 1862 naval battle with the CSS Virginia, a Confederate warship better known as the Merrimack.

Worden died in 1897, leaving the Tiffany & Co. sword to his son. He donated it to the museum in 1912.

FBI and academy officials declined to provide details about the swords recovery, pending Monday mornings ceremony.

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