1800s-era sword dug up in downtown Little Rock

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    • The sword found at Chester Ashley [1791-1848] house site. (Photo: Arkansas Historic Museum)
    • The Ashley "mansion," taken sometime during the last half of the 19th century. (Photo: Collection at Arkansas Historic Museum)
    • An image of Mr. and Mrs. Chester Ashley, which is a daguerreotype photograph taken just prior to his death in 1848. (Photo: Collection at Arkansas Historic Museum)
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    Little Rock News:

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - A sword dating back to the 1800s was found at a construction site in downtown Little Rock.

    Deputy Director and Chief Curator of the Historic Arkansas Museum Swannee Bennett told THV 11 the sword was found at the site of the Chester Ashley home, located between Iriana's Pizza and Big Whiskey's.

    The sword was turned over to Bennett at the museum to be tested and preserved.

    Chester Ashley [1791-1848] was appointed colonel in the Arkansas militia by Arkansas territorial governor George Izard. He was also the third Arkansan elected to the U.S. Senate.

    Read more about the life of Chester Ashley here: http://on.kthv.com/1dgK9n2

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