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Wiley Sword had a long and successful career as a manufacturer's representative. But he became nationally known for his hobby as a Civil War historian with one of the country's most extensive private collections of war memorabilia.
Sword's collection of artifacts and more than 1,000 original letters and documents was acquired in January by the Pamplin Historical Park, a 424-acre Civil War historic site in Petersburg, Va.
Many of his books about the nation's bloodiest conflict are considered must-reads by Civil War buffs.
"Not only was he one of the pre-eminent collectors, but he was an accomplished historian. And this was his avocation, not his profession," said Wilson Greene, executive director of Pamplin Historical Park. "I don't know anyone who combined Civil War scholarship with collecting like Wiley. He was a wonderful man. The Civil War community is much poorer now that Wiley is not with us."
Sword of Suwanee died Nov. 9 of complications from a staph infection. He was 77. Read the news obituary
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Nov. 24, 2015
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