An anonymous donor from the Knoxville area kicked in $10,000 so a Middle Tennessee museum could purchase a historic Civil War revolver.
The gun, presented to Gen. George Dibrell at the formation of the 8th Tennessee Cavalry in 1862, but confiscated as a war prize three years later, was at the center of a massive fundraising campaign orchestrated by the White County Heritage Museum in June. A total of $22,500 was needed to buy the gun from a Connecticut collector after it had been kept underground by private individuals for the last 144 years.
The Knoxville donor kicked in the last chunk of money needed to fund the purchase, and the transaction to purchase the revolver was finalized last week.
Bill Hurteau, director of the White County Heritage Museum in Sparta, Tenn., said the donor has no known ties to the White County area, which is about 100 miles southwest of Knoxville, and wanted no recognition for the contribution.