A sabre that saw action in the American Revolution and may have been used as a murder weapon in Nova Scotia has found its way back to the family of its original owner, thanks in part to the curiosity of a 12-year-old boy in Chile.
The rusted cavalry sabre is from around 1780 and belonged to Capt. Joseph Marshall of the Carolina Rangers, a British cavalry regiment sent to help stop the Americans from gaining independence, according to Mark Haynes, vice-president of the Guysborough Historical Society.
But the descendents of Capt. Marshall had no idea the sabre existed until Sam Marshall, who lives in Santiago, became curious about past wars.
So his grandfather Jack Marshall, who lives in Calgary, dredged up an old school report that Sam’s father had done on Capt. Marshall when he was a kid and sent it to Sam.
After reading the report, Sam was inspired. He began combing the internet for more information about his family’s history.