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  1. It is time for our first Youth Civil War artifact Give-Away Display of 2023 - "OUR 8TH CONTEST" !!! This is a beautiful white oak, custom display case with a colorful $5 Civil War Era note in the center, portions of a Spencer and a Burnside cartridge and seven other projectiles, a Confederate "I" (Infantry) uniform button, three Federal Eagle buttons, a brass Cavalry spur part, a portion of a US cartridge box plate, a Kepi chin strap buckle, and numerous other genuine Civil War artifacts including a soldier's pipe bowl.  There are a total of 28 artifacts in a custom-made oak frame.  We plan to have the drawing for this display on June 1, 2023.  We have carried all entries forward, and we invite and encourage any young folks age 14 and under to send us a letter telling us why they would like to win this Civil War display, and we will get you entered into the contest.  The following individuals, along with Nita & myself have contributed artifacts to make these youth relic give-away displays possible: Eric Lawson - Ted and B. J. Campbell- David Hadden - Russ and Dottie Wunker - Jerry Emberlin - Tom Stone - William Briner - Jody Wright - Ed Heck - Charlie Williams - Kenny Brown - Jeff and Theresa Ruth - Gerard Simoneaux - Gary Strobel - Jeff Anderson - Lael Nelson - Ken Fleming, and Justin Simpson.  We sincerely thank you !!!  IF YOU GUYS HAPPEN TO KNOW ANY YOUNG FOLKS THAT REALLY LIKE HISTORY - PLEASE MAKE THEM AWARE OF THESE CONTESTS !!!  I'D REALLY APPRECIATE YOUR HELP IN SPREADING THE WORD !!! BEST OF LUCK TO EVERYONE !!!

  2. An interesting tidbit from my youth that has now been proven true !!  I grew up on a farm, and we found that the cows gave 5% to 10% more milk if you played soft, soothing music on the barn radio  (as compared to "NO Music" or my choice "Loud Red-neck Country Music" !!!)  The cows just aren't into "Hank Jr."

  3. It was such a pleasure today to have Lauren Stavinoga and her Dad come to the shop and pick up a really nice 1862 date T. J. Mallard, Model 1860 Cavalry saber.  Lauren made for me three really nice "beanies" (or what we called "boggans"), and I will certainly put them to good use up on the mountain at the cabin.  Lauren is about as rare as the Civil War relics she collects.  How many 20-year-old girls do you know that love Civil War history and collect Civil War relics!!!  My kind of girl right there !!!

  4. 160 years ago this very minute (12-31-22) -- (1-2-23) the Battle of Stones River raged across the very ground where I am sitting working.  The 9th Kentucky Infantry (US) were positioned across my yard, and under the shop and house, and the "Chicago Board of Trade Battery" were located just behind my back yard.  When my girls were young and small - and along with our very good friend - Josh Rinehart - it was a favorite hobby to look for bullets in the yard.  Only one rule - The holes had to be nicely filled !!  When I look across the street at all the graves my heart aches for the 22,000 young Union and Confederate soldiers that would become killed, wounded, and missing over the next couple days.  Just overwhelming -- Our rich heritage !!!  IT ABSOLUTELY MUST BE PRESERVED !!!

  5. A couple of days ago, we got a visit from someone very special to us.  Lorenzo Grover-Rizzo and his twin brother Iniko apprenticed in the relic shop here for several years.  Lorenzo took a deep interest in Civil War history and military in general.  After reaching 18, Lorenzo joined the military, and to this point is really enjoying the experience.  He was recently home for a few days on Christmas leave and came by to visit.  What a treat it was to get to see Lorenzo and a great opportunity to let him know how proud of him we are.  Salute!!  Lorenzo's twin brother, Iniko, has been on a mission in Georgia (country, not state) and has learned it's language fluently.  We have not seen him recently, but hopefully in the near future, he can return to share his experiences as well.

  6. It is with saddest heart that I pass along the information that lifelong friend and Civil War Relic Icon, Charlie Harris, passed away this morning.  Charlie has been a dedicated student, collector, and author of the American Civil War for almost his entire life.  I first met Charlie 50 years ago when I arrived at Chattanooga, Tennessee, as an algebra teacher and baseball coach at Ringgold Georgia High School.  In all these years, I don't think that I have ever met a more totally dedicated person to Civil War Relic hunting, collecting, and documenting.  Charlie has authored several Civil War reference books including Civil War Relics of the Western Campaigns, and a follow-up book done with Butch Holcombe, Civil War Relics of the Western Campaigns & Beyond 1861 - 1865, which is literally "just being released", and you can see Charlie still signing books until the very end.  The passing of Charlie Harris is going to mean a huge loss of Civil War collecting and identification knowledge.  It has been my privilege to be friends with Charlie and Teresa for all these years.  Rest in Peace in the shade of the trees on the other side.  Goodbye my friend.  On the "Homepage" of this website you will see "my picture" on the cover of a 1987 - FALL "TREASURE FOUND" magazine.  Charlie was the author of the article inside that went with that cover picture.  Amazingly, NOW -- 35 years later, and I still look just the same -- NOT --NOT -- NOT !!!!!

  7. REMEMBER --- AMATEURS BUILT THE ARK, AND PROFESSIONALS BUILT THE TITANTIC !!!  YOU MIGHT WANT TO REMEMBER THAT BEFORE YOU HOP INTO ONE OF THE NEW "SELF DRIVING ELECTRIC VEHICLES" !!!

  8. This past weekend (several weeks ago now !!) was our annual Civil War Show at Franklin, Tennessee.  Much to my surprise, I received a "Lifetime Achievement" award.  I was pretty much speechless as this award comes from my fellow collectors and dealers.  I truly love what I do and am privileged to get to make a living all the while honoring my heritage.  Love of ones Southern Heritage is taking a beating these days, but as long as I'm alive, I, as well as all of you, will be proud of both our Southern and Northern Civil War Heritage.  I am very proud of my award.

  9. It is throw-back relic time again.  About 40 years ago, we recovered these two buckles from the camp of the 1st Alabama Cavalry that was destroyed in March of 1863 by General David Stanley’s Federal Cavalry out of Murfreesboro, TN.  The 1st Alabama Cavalry CSA was camped near Midland, Tennessee, and in March of 1863, General David Stanley’s Federal Cavalry struck the Confederate Cavalry camp at the break of dawn.  If you’d like to read about this event, you can find it in Volume 23, Part 1 of the Official Records under the heading, “Expedition to Middleton, Tennessee, March 1863”.  The Federal Cavalry surprised and overran the Confederate Cavalry camp and captured or destroyed most of the contents.  These are two of the nearly 20 Confederate buckles that our group found at this site.  I recovered the Alabama “Map on Tree” State Seal buckle, and one of my early hunting buddies found the large oval “AVC”.  In addition to these buckles, we recovered several “egg-shaped” CS oval waist belt plates, several solid-cast Army of Tennessee CS round-corner buckles, one rectangular pewter CSA, and several frame-style buckles.  Those are some WONDERFUL relic hunting memories.

  10. There is a neat, new reference book out by Del Thomasson, entitiled Flagstaff Finials Toppers, & Ferrules.  Just wanted everyone to know it was out there - https://www.flagstaff-finials.com

  11. I just saw a couple quite humerous signs - (1) Autopsy club meets here this Sat. - PM.  Its "OPEN MIKE NIGHT" !!!      (2) Those who confuse "burro" and "burrow" clearly do not know the difference between "their ass" and "a hole in the ground" !!  You Gotta Love "Word Play" !!

  12. JUST INTERESTING !!!  IF WE WERE ON MARS AND LOOKED UP, WE WOULD SEE A BEAUTIFUL "RED" SKY AND PRETTY "BLUE" SUNSETS !!!  THAT WOULD TAKE SOME GETTING USED TO !!!!

  13. It is time to congratulate our 6th Youth Relic Display winner.  The winner of this display is Delaney Hickox of Arlington, Virginia.  We hope this Civil War artifact display encourages Delaney's interest in heritage and history.  This is an especially nice display including an original, excavated Federal breast plate, an original Confederate $20 note, a nice excavated North Carolina Confederate uniform button, and numerous other genuine Civil War artifacts.  This is a display that even a seasoned adult Civil War collector would be excited to receive.  The collection would have a retail value of somewhere in the neighborhood of $400.  We have carried all entries forward, and we invite and encourage any young folks age 14 and under to send us a letter telling us why they would like to win this Civil War display, and we will get you entered into the contest.  We will draw the winner on August 1, 2022, and best of luck to everyone.  The following individuals, along with Nita & myself have contributed artifacts to make these youth relic give-away displays possible: Eric Lawson - Ted and B. J. Campbell- David Hadden - Russ and Dottie Wunker - Jerry Emberlin - Tom Stone - William Briner - Jody Wright - Ed Heck - Charlie Williams - Kenny Brown - Jeff and Theresa Ruth - Gerard Simoneaux - Gary Strobel - Jeff Anderson - Lael Nelson - Ken Fleming, and Justin Simpson.  IF YOU GUYS HAPPEN TO KNOW ANY YOUNG FOLKS THAT REALLY LIKE HISTORY - PLEASE MAKE THEM AWARE OF THESE CONTESTS !!!  I'D REALLY APPRECIATE YOUR HELP IN SPREADING THE WORD !!! BEST OF LUCK TO EVERYONE !!!

  14. DID YOU KNOW - "TO THIS DAY, ROBERT E. LEE YET REMAINS THE ONLY MAN TO GRADUATE FROM WEST POINT MILITARY ACADEMY WITHOUT ONE SINGLE DEMERIT."

  15. Here is a picture sent to us by our buddy, Bob Ward, taken 52 years ago here at the Cemetery at the Battle of Stones River.  The Boy Scouts are still active on Memorial Day here at the Battlefield.  We have taken a current picture in basically the same location as it appears today.  The stone walls around the cemetery remain visible in both images.  We believe this to be especially meaningful now with Memorial Day coming up.  Our thanks to Bob Ward for the photograph.  The last picture is "Decoration Day" in Columbus, Mississippi, many many years ago.

  16. This is a very special "Throwback" relic digging memory.  This was my very first cast brass rectangular "CSA" to recover, and it was a thick, Atlanta style.  I dug this buckle exactly 50 years ago this year.  I dug the buckle on private property literally about 20 steps from Columbia Pike along the route that the Army of Tennessee charged over on November 30, 1864, at the famous Battle of Franklin, Tennessee.  This buckle has never even been under a water faucet and to this day, 50 years later, I could go back to within one foot of the dig hole !!!  What an exciting day !!!

  17. About 40 years ago, my hunting buddy, Claiborne Lytle, and myself were able to find the line of Confederate sharp shooters along the Brentwood hills at the 2nd day Battle of Nashville fighting.  Over a period of a couple of years, I was able to recover 136 dropped Whitworth bullets, and Claiborne recovered a similar number.  There was a point in time that I could spell out "Whitworth Rifle" with dropped Whitworth bullets.  During that era, I had two little girls at home as well as house and shop payment - insurance payment - and lots of other payments.  Every so often "lean months" came along, and I would need to sell a few Whitworth bullets to make that month's payments.  I don't have 136 Whitworths anymore, but I do still have a few and some very exciting memories.  I had one "12 Whitworth" day where they were all dropped in close proximity to each other.  Both Claiborne and myself always wondered why there were over 200 Whitworths lying on the ground rather than fired at the Yankees??  The area now has million dollar homes and electronic gates.

  18. Throw-Back DIGGING Time !!!!  I dug this beauty 42 years ago almost to the day !!!  They sure don't come out of the ground looking like this anymore !!!  I almost needed sunglasses !!!

  19. Here is another "throw-back" relic.  I recovered this WESTERN THEATER type CS "sardine style" waist belt plate at a Confederate hospital site on private property here at Stones River over 40 years ago.  It is absolutely perfect and has all three original hooks remaining intact.  This jewel will rank VERY high on being one of my "Lifetime Best Finds", and was beyond exciting to recover !!!

  20. Here is another "throw-back relic digging" memory.  Back in the fall of 1975, (47 years ago) my buddy Bob Ward and his hunting partner Wayne Read hit this "battlefield clean-up" glory hole.  This was here at Stones River and, at the time, was in a private property rock glade thicket.  The site is unfortunately now under a motorcycle dealership.  This find included seven Union plates, four musket barrels, four bayonets, two canteens, one smashed brass bugle, thirteen artillery shells, and a boatload of bullets.  Finds like this are memories worth their weight in gold !!!  (Second picture is current.)

  21. These are some fun memories from 35 years ago of one GREAT day digging at a newly found "Polk's Corp" Army Of Tennessee 1862 - 1863 winter camp located along the Duck River near Shelbyville, TN.  The day's finds include 2 nice arrow hook "U.S." oval waist belt plates - one C.S. manufacture plain face pewter waist belt plate - one very rare "Rope Border" style C.S. oval waist belt plate - A beautiful Leech and Rigdon style "CS" marked Confederate Cavalry Officer's spur - and over 100 bullets and buttons.  Now those are some priceless memories !!

  22. Last Thursday (now years ago !!) was absolutely beautiful and 67 degrees.  My daughter - Savannah - and I decided that it was a perfect day to play "Hooky" and go relic digging instead of opening the shop.  I had found a small Union camp a few weeks earlier and we decided to see what was there.  We got several bullets - a coat size eagle "I" button - and then I got this nice clear "80" reading on the scale.  At 14 inches deep and under several big roots was a beautiful early style - lead filled - "U.S." oval.  Notice the oval "ghost" where it has been laying in the ground for the last 150 years.  Savannah now has it in her display case to remember the experience !!!!!  {If a guy could bottle the rush that you get from digging a Civil War belt plate - It would put Cocaine right out of business !!}

  23. We first want to send a huge thank you to Robert Hooven of Madison, Alabama, for his hard work and prompt attention to my Great Grandfather's grave stone.  My Great Grandfather is buried in the very old cemetery at the Madison Crossroads Presbyterian Church located near Huntsville, Alabama, near the Tennessee Alabama line.  A while back, one of the pieces of maintenance equipment at the cemetery hit our Great Grandfather's head stone and broke it loose from the base it was anchored to.  Robert was kind of enough to, the very next day, go and find the damaged stone, thoroughly clean and reseat it.  Our entire family send our heartfelt gratitude to Robert for taking care of this for us.  We could sure use more folks like Robert!!!

  24. Huge congratulations go out to 11-year-old Madison Brewer.  Madison is the lucky winner of our Garrett Ground Hog metal detector.  We hope that it is the beginning of a very enjoyable hobby and that Madison has lots of fun looking for Civil War relics with her Grandfather who has done it for many years.  (This really makes us happy!!!)  Madison is ready to go Civil War relic hunting with her Granddad -- Charlie Adams.  VERY IMPORTANT:  What time is it - what time is it???  It is Youth Relic Giveaway time again.  And this time, we are stepping up our game.  We are giving away a used Garrett Groundhog VLF/TR metal detector complete with a new high fidelity set of headphones and also a new Whites Bullseye pinpointer for locating your target.  This detector is several years old but still works perfectly and even comes with experience as this detector has already recovered a US belt buckle and a Confederate belt buckle.  The "Groundhog" takes some practice in getting used to, but even though it's a few years old, will still dig relics perfectly well.  Several years back, this detector was cutting-edge technology, but today there have been numerous improvements.  It is our hope that this detector will help inspire some young person toward many years of coin and/or relic recovery.  We have carried all entries forward, and we invite and encourage any young folks age 14 and under to send us a letter telling us why they would like to win this Civil War display, and we will get you entered into the contest.  We will draw the winner on October 2, 2021, (my 70th birthday) and best of luck to everyone.  The following individuals, along with Nita & myself have contributed artifacts to make these youth relic give-away displays possible: Eric Lawson - Ted and B. J. Campbell- David Hadden - Russ and Dottie Wunker - Jerry Emberlin - Tom Stone - William Briner - Jody Wright - Ed Heck - Charlie Williams - Kenny Brown - Jeff and Theresa Ruth - Gerard Simoneaux - Gary Strobel - Jeff Anderson - Lael Nelson, and Justin Simpson.  IF YOU GUYS HAPPEN TO KNOW ANY YOUNG FOLKS THAT REALLY LIKE HISTORY - PLEASE MAKE THEM AWARE OF THESE CONTESTS !!!  I'D REALLY APPRECIATE YOUR HELP IN SPREADING THE WORD !!! BEST OF LUCK TO EVERYONE !!!

  25. Congratulations to the winner of our 6th Youth Civil War Relic Contest, "Tennessee Smith", of Mineral, Virginia.  This display is in a beautiful walnut display case and consists of an excavated Federal Eagle breast plate, four original Civil War uniform buttons, an original excavated Civil War domino, five different types of Civil War bullets, and an original $100 Bank of Louisiana Civil War note.  We hope this display helps to encourage Tennessee's interest in Civil War artifacts, history, and heritage.  We have carried all entries forward, and we invite and encourage any young folks age 14 and under to send us a letter telling us why they would like to win this Civil War display, and we will get you entered into the contest.  The following individuals, along with Nita & myself have contributed artifacts to make these youth relic give-away displays possible: Eric Lawson - Ted and B. J. Campbell- David Hadden - Russ and Dottie Wunker - Jerry Emberlin - Tom Stone - William Briner - Jody Wright - Ed Heck - Charlie Williams - Jeff Anderson - Gary Strobel - Justin Simpson - and Gerard Simoneaux.  IF YOU GUYS HAPPEN TO KNOW ANY YOUNG FOLKS THAT REALLY LIKE HISTORY - PLEASE MAKE THEM AWARE OF THESE CONTESTS !!!  I'D REALLY APPRECIATE YOUR HELP IN SPREADING THE WORD !!! BEST OF LUCK TO EVERYONE !!!

  26. WINNER, WINNER - chicken dinner - We have just had our drawing for the FIFTH Youth Civil War Relic Display Giveaway, and our winner is LILLY HICKOX from Arlington, Virginia.  We send our congratulations to Lilly and we will carry forward all our Youth entries for the next relic display giveaway which will begin soon.  Once again, Congratulations to Lilly !!!  ------  It is once again Youth Relic Display Contest time in Tennessee.  This relic display is, in my opinion, one of the most attractive to this point.  The display consists of a Droop Wing Eagle Confederate Officer's button, a camp site recovered soldier's Crucifix, a very attractive excavated lead-filled Eagle breast plate from here at Stones River, a stamped brass Cavalry rosette with the raised heart, an original pair of soldier's reading glasses, an original 1862 Wilmington, North Carolina, Confederate note, an original Civil War era domino, several bullets, a musket gun tool, a canteen stopper pull, and a coat size Federal Eagle button all displayed in a professionally made oak display case.  This collection is easily worth over $400.  So, young folks, get busy and let me hear from you.  The following individuals, along with Nita & myself have contributed artifacts to make these youth relic displays possible: Eric Lawson - Ted and B. J. Campbell- David Hadden - Russ and Dottie Wunker - Jerry Emberlin - Tom Stone - William Briner - Jody Wright - Ed Heck - Charlie Williams - Jeff Anderson - Gary Strobel - and Gerard Simoneaux.  We will carry forward all entries from the first, second, third, and fourth giveaways.  We encourage ANY other interested youths (14 years of age and younger) who have not yet entered to send a letter telling why you would like to win the Civil War artifact giveaway display, and you will be entered as well.  We want to do our part to encourage our youth to be interested in our heritage.    IF YOU GUYS HAPPEN TO KNOW ANY YOUNG FOLKS THAT REALLY LIKE HISTORY - PLEASE MAKE THEM AWARE OF THESE CONTESTS !!!  I'D REALLY APPRECIATE YOUR HELP IN SPREADING THE WORD !!!  This contest has ended October 31, 2020.

  27. AND THE WINNER OF OUR FOURTH YOUTH RELIC DISPLAY CONTEST IS JAX BLEVINS (WHO CAN BE SEEN ABOVE WORKING ON HIS LETTER).  We will soon have our fifth Civil War display put together and a new contest underway.  All entries will be carried forward to the next contest, so if you haven't won so far -- Keep the faith - You might very well win the next one !!!  CONGRATULATIONS JAX !!!  IT IS TIME FOR OUR FOURTH YOUTH RELIC GIVEAWAY.  This display contains a genuine, excavated, lead-filled, Federal Eagle breast plate, a brass bayonet scabbard tip, a $15 coupon from a Confederate Loan Bond, an original Civil War domino, a .54 cal., ring tail Sharps Cavalry bullet, a coat size Federal Infantry Officer button, and a gilted cuff size New York State Seal button.  The following individuals, along with Nita & myself have contributed artifacts to make these youth relic displays possible: Eric Lawson Ted and B. J. Campbell- David Hadden - Russ and Dottie Wunker - Jerry Emberlin - Tom Stone - William Briner - Jody Wright - Ed Heck - and Charlie Williams.  We will carry forward all entries from the first, second, and third giveaways.  We encourage ANY other interested youths (14 years of age and younger) who have not yet entered to send a letter telling why you would like to win the Civil War artifact giveaway display, and you will be entered as well.  We want to do our part to encourage our youth to be interested in our heritage.    IF YOU GUYS HAPPEN TO KNOW ANY YOUNG FOLKS THAT REALLY LIKE HISTORY - PLEASE MAKE THEM AWARE OF THESE CONTESTS !!!  I'D REALLY APPRECIATE YOUR HELP IN SPREADING THE WORD !!!  This contest will end July 31, 2020

  28. AND WE HAVE A WINNER - OUR FIRST YOUNG LADY - MS. CASTIBELLE SCHWEINFURTH !!!  EVEN AT HER TENDER YOUNG AGE CASTIBELLE IS A FAMILIAR FACE AROUND THE CIVIL WAR LIVING HISTORY COMMUNITY, AND THAT IS THANKS TO THE DELIGENT EFFORTS OF HER MOM AND DAD - (BRET AND KELLY).  MY CONGRATULATIONS TO A VERY DESERVING YOUNG LADY !!!  IT IS YOUTH RELIC DISPLAY GIVEAWAY CONTEST TIME AGAIN !!!  This is our THIRD youth relic display give-away, and this beautiful display consists of an original VIRGINIA Confederate note - several bullets - one beautiful gilted Federal Infantry officer button - one bayonet scabbard tip - one sword belt length adjuster - a right and a left Civil War knapsack J-hook - a baggage trunk key - and a harmonica board.  I would like to thank Eric Lawson - Ted and B. J. Campbell- David Hadden - Russ and Dottie Wunker - Jerry Emberlin - Tom Stone - William Briner - Jody Wright - Ed Heck - and Charlie Williams who along with Nita and myself made this display possible.  We encourage ANY other interested youths (14 years of age and younger) who have not yet entered to send a letter telling why you would like to win the Civil War artifact giveaway display, and you will be entered as well.  We want to do our part to encourage our youth to be interested in our heritage.    IF YOU GUYS HAPPEN TO KNOW ANY YOUNG FOLKS THAT REALLY LIKE HISTORY - PLEASE MAKE THEM AWARE OF THESE CONTESTS !!!  I'D REALLY APPRECIATE YOUR HELP IN SPREADING THE WORD !!!  THIS CONTEST WILL END MARCH 31, 2020.  If any of you old time relic hunter/collectors would like to help support these youth relic give-aways, please just send over any relics to help us out.  Your help will certainly be appreciated and go for a good endeavor !!  TRIVIA QUESTION -- CAN ANYONE GUESS WHY CASTIBELLE IS HOLDING THE CANNON !!!  (HINT -- THE ANSWER IS IN THE QUESTION !!) - (ANOTHER HINT - WHAT IS THE NAME OF THE PART OF THE CANNON THAT CASTIBELLE IS HOLDING !!!)

  29. We just received the most current issue of "North South Trader", and, low and behold, there is Adian on page 19 - Youth Division.  Apparently, when you're hot, you're hot!!!   CONGRATULATIONS!!!  We have just held our drawing for our SECOND Youth Relic Giveaway, and our winner is - ADIAN HARWICK - from Lititz, PA.  Soon after the Thanksgiving holiday, we will begin our third Youth Relic Giveaway, and we will carry forward all entries from the first and second giveaways.  This is a fantastic display, and we congratulate Adian on his win!!!  We appreciate all of the youths who entered the first and second drawings.  We encourage ANY other interested youths (14 years of age and younger)  who have not yet entered to send a letter telling why you would like to win the Civil War artifact giveaway display, and you will be entered as well.  We want to do our part to encourage our youth to be interested in our heritage.  IF YOU GUYS HAPPEN TO KNOW ANY YOUNG FOLKS THAT REALLY LIKE HISTORY - PLEASE MAKE THEM AWARE OF THESE CONTESTS !!!  I'D REALLY APPRECIATE YOUR HELP IN SPREADING THE WORD !!!  ADIAN - YOUR PRIZE IS ON THE WAY TO YOU !!!

  30. ATTENTION - OUR "FIRST" YOUTH RELIC GIVE AWAY !!! - I was asked by a friend (MR. DICK TIMPANO) to give away this nice starter Civil War Bullet collection to a deserving young collector.  If you are 14 years old or younger and are really interested in Civil War history - please send me a letter as to why you would like to have this collection, and in a couple weeks we are going to have a drawing from all the names of young folks that sent me a letter wanting this collection.  We will show pictures of the drawing and post the WINNER on the page here !!!  GOOD LUCK !!!  SEND LETTER TO:  Larry Hicklen -- 3511 Old Nashville Hwy. - Murfreesboro, TN. -- 37129  (WE ARE GOING TO ACCEPT ENTRIES ARRIVING IN PERSON OR THROUGH MAIL DELIVERY ON OR BEFORE SEP. 30, 2019 !!!)  IF YOU ARE AN OLD SCHOOL CIVIL WAR COLLECTOR AND WOULD LIKE TO DONATE RELICS IN SUPPORT OF THESE RELIC GIVE-AWAYS TO YOUNG FOLKS -- PLEASE LET ME HEAR FROM YOU !!  THIS CONTEST IS NOW OVER AND WE WILL VERY SOON HAVE THE DRAWING.  BUT --- WE WILL SOON ANNOUNCE THE NEXT CONTEST, AND EVERYONE THAT ENTERED INTO THIS CONTEST WILL BE CARRIED OVER, -- SO YOU ARE ALREADY REGISTERED !!  MANY THANKS TO MR. DICK TIMPANO FOR THE ARTIFACTS !!!  AND OUR WINNER IS - JONATHAN PRIOR - 5TH GRADE, AGE 10!!!  CONGRATULATIONS, JONATHAN.

  31. A little while earlier today (7-12-19), I had a couple of fellows in the shop from near Perryville, Kentucky.  In the course of looking at relics and discussing various battlefields, one of the gentlemen said, "I visit your nature area at the Battlefield of Perryville quite often."  I had absolutely no idea what he was talking about.  A good many years ago (25 to 30 I'd say), I purchased a 54-acre farm on the Battlefield of Perryville, Kentucky, that was in danger of being developed.  I held the farm for several years until the Civil War Preservation Trust was in a position to acquire it.  Little did I know that in appreciation for saving that part of the Battlefield, I have a pond and nature area marked with our family name.  How cool is that!!!

  32. Here is an interesting set of 4 photographs contrasting the panther and the bobcat.  These four photographs were taken by the same game cam at the same location a few days apart.  Notice aside from the obvious (the panther has a long tail and the bobcat has virtually no tail), that they are structurally different as well.  The panther is overall larger, more muscular, especially in the front shoulders, than the bobcat.  The bobcat has a more slender profile with his back legs almost appearing longer than his front legs.  Also, the two cats make very different screams.  On the bright side, one would think that we shouldn't have a mouse problem on the mountain!!!

  33. We are headed to the mountain today, and hopefully there will be some cool new trail cam pictures to share !!  For the past couple of months, our neighbors and ourselves have been hearing the cry of an unusual animal.  About a month ago, I caught sight of what appeared to be a large cat moving through the woods.  Several weeks ago we installed a game cam to be able to see what type animals were passing.  One of the locations of the game camera was where several roads and paths came together.  At this location, we saw more different type animals than any other location of the camera.  We have been scattering corn and cut the Halloween pumpkins into and placed them in front of the camera.  We have seen many different type mountain animals including deer, armadillos, red fox, coyote, and raccoons.  A couple of nights ago, we captured a couple photographs of this huge Mountain Bobcat - (We at first thought Panther, but markings suggest a LARGE male Bobcat rather than Panther.)  As you guys can now clearly see - WE DEFINITELY HAVE A PANTHER (aka Eastern Mountain Lion) - (as well as a Bobcat) !!!  We have no doubt that he was drawn to this location by the smell of the presence of all the other wild animals that had been there eating.  To give a size reference, the pumpkin halves beside the cat are ten inches in diameter.  Notice the power and muscle mass of this big cat.  We will likely think twice now about taking night walks through the woods!!!  A few nights ago our next door neighbor found a deer slain, and litereally shreded - I wonder who might have done THAT !!!  Outside "MAN WITH GUN" - This guy really is "King Of The Woods" !!!

  34. Very ornate non-regulation Model 1850 Federal Field and Staff Officer's sword and scabbard.  The blade on this sword is absolutely "sparkling" with 100% full visible engraving AND 100 % original blade engraving "frosting" as well !!. The guard is iron and quite ornate with the "cut-out eagle and U.S. and E. Pluribus Unum".  The original sharkskin grip remains 100% perfectly intact and is the nicest that I have seen in ages.  The scabbard has a smooth grey-brown patina, and fits perfectly.  This sword is no less than museum grade.--$950.

  35. Really pretty Model 1854 Austrian Lorenz rifled musket.  The Austrian Lorenz was a very popular weapon in both Union and Confederate Armies - both importing large numbers of the weapon.  This example came out of a Middle Tennessee estate and is lockplate dated "1852".  It has the original "4 side" Austrian bayonet still with the musket.  The long range site is not present, and appears to have been gone a long time.  Both sling swivels remain intact as well as the original brass tipped ramrod.  The action works perfectly, and firmly locks into half cock and full cock positions.  Every Civil War collection should have an Austrian musket !!--$1,250. musket only, or $1,450, complete with bayonet.

  36. Beautiful condition, excavated, large size, Confederate issue, "Georgia Frame" waist belt plate.  This buckle was recovered over 40 years ago from Confederate camps along Duck River near Shelbyville, Tennessee.  It has a smooth, green patina and has never even been washed off.  You won't recover a nicer example.--$650.

  37. Beautiful excavated "Richmond Arsenal" Confederate manufactured Cavalry spur.  This was recovered years ago from Gen. Starnes 1862 Confederate Cavalry camp located near Altamont, TN.  It has a smooth - never even washed brown/green woods patina - and the rowel not only remains intact, but will still spin !!  I have its twin in my collection that I recovered from the same camp !!  Must tell a Relic Hunting story at this point -- Many years ago I was at this very camp hunting and was taking a lunch break when the owners - Keith and Kenny - came by.  You will never meet a couple nicer "pure mountain boys".  I was attempting to hunt a deep ravine that was grown up with blackberry stickers so thick that I could hardly push through.  Keith and Kenny stopped to chat and they saw what a hard time I was having in the ravine, and they said "We can help you out with that !!" and proceeded to throw a match in there, and burned it off slick as a baby's butt !!  I went straight and bought them a case of beer !!!  You won't see a nicer example.--$350.SOLD

  38. Excavated, large size, lead-filled US oval cartridge box plate.  This plate was recovered on private property here at Stones River about 40 years ago.  It has a flawless face with a slick, chocolate patina, full lead in the reverse, and both iron attachment loops intact and strong enough to go back on a cartridge box.--$250.

  39. Drop-dead beautiful, excavated, "Mississippi" style, Confederate Cavalry spur.  This spur was recovered from a Mississippi Cavalry camp and has a reflective, dark green patina and most of the iron rowel remaining intact.  You simply are not going to see a more beautiful Mississippi spur.--$375.

  40. "Confederate Battle Flag" commorative cased Pocket Knife in the original wooden case as sold years ago in "Civil War Times" magazines.  These were sold in about the same years as the Civil War Chess Sets.  The knife has a 3 inch blade, and is 7 inches when open.  The knife has a safety lock when fully open, and you press the button on the back of the knife to release the blade to close.  Both knife and case remain in near mint condition.  Guaranteed to be about as "Politically Incorrect" as you can get !!!--$50.

  41. Excellent condition, Civil War Era, "Ink Scraper" which was a device razor sharp and shaped much like a medical instrument and was used to scrape off the ink when a mistake was made.  This example has a bone handle and has a "Dove" makers mark.--$75.

  42. Cast brass, regulation, Union Cavalry spur that got found by the agricultural disc before the metal detectorist (unfortunately).  The spur remains complete but is bent.--$48.SOLD

  43. Excellent condition, embroidered US Officers hat device.  The device has bright gilt remaining and does not appear to have even a single break in the gold thread.--$295.

  44. Excavated group of Austrian musket parts and gun tools.  These were all recovered many years ago on private property along the Confederate line here at Stones River.  The group includes an Austrian lockplate, a front barrel band, Austrian musket tool, and a tumbler punch.--$100. for all four pieces.

  45. Very nice condition, .58 cal., triangular socket bayonet in nice condition, original leather scabbard that is correct for the Model 1855 muskets, Model 1861 Springfield and contracts, and Model 1863 muskets.  The leather scabbard remains complete with the brass scabbard tip perfectly intact.  If you have a nice, original musket lacking a bayonet, this bayonet and scabbard would be a fine compliment for your musket.--$375.

  46. Excavated, quite rare, Leech & Rigdon Confederate Enlistedman's Cavalry spur.  This is the plain unmarked enlistedman's version of the well-known Leech & Rigdon Cavalry Officer's spur with "CS" on the back and stars on each side.  This would make a nice addition to any Confederate Cavalry display.--$295.

  47. Excavated, large size, arrow hook pattern, US oval waist belt plate.  This buckle was recovered here at the Battle of Stones River about 20 years ago by Claiborne Lytle.  The buckle has a smooth, brown patina on the face, and the reverse has full lead and all three hooks intact.  But, the lead is flaking some.  This is a good, solid representive example that came from an area that is now a Harley-Davidson motorcycle shop.--$175.

  48. Just brought in, very nice condition, .69 cal., Model 1842, triangular socket bayonet correct for the Model 1842, .69 cal. musket.  This bayonet has a smooth, dark, never cleaned attic patina and is quite likely a "left over" picked up here after the Battle of Stones River.  The bayonet has a very smooth surface and would clean up nicely if wanted.--$195.

  49. Very nice condition, .58 cal., triangular socket bayonet that is correct for the Model 1855 muskets, Model 1861 Springfield and contracts, and Model 1863 muskets.  The US mark remains deep and sharp, and the bayonet overall has a smooth, chocolate brown attic patina having never been cleaned.  Perfect if you have a .58 cal. musket needing a patinaed bayonet.--$195.

  50. Excavated, middle brass mount for an officer's sword.  This mount was recovered from a Confederate camp many years ago and was cleaned up at that time.  The mount still has dug patina on the inside and is gradually patinaing back on the outside.  The mount shows wear around the ring mount from actually being carried.--$65.

  51. Very nice condition, non-excavated musket gun tool.  The tool still has nice original finish and would be an excellent compliment for your Civil War Era musket.--$65.

  52. Nice excavated drop .69 cal. Confederate "plug base" Towers bullet.  This was recovered from an 1863 Army of Tennessee camp located along Duck River near Shelbyville, TN.--$45.

  53. Three excavated, partial, pewter Bormann time fuses.  These were recovered many years ago here at Stones River.  One is a standard Federal Bormann fuse, and two are rare "tall lip" Confederate Bormann fuses.  All three for--$45.

  54. Excavated glazed clay pipe recovered from a Confederate trash pit near Shelbyville, Tennessee.  This pipe bowl appears to still have burned staining down inside.--$55.SOLD

  55. Beautiful condition excavated cast brass Confederate Richmond musket first model nosecap.  It has the threaded single hole for attachment to the stock.  It was recovered many years ago from an 1863 Army of Tennessee Confederate winter infantry camp located along Duck River near Shelbyville, TN.  The nosecap has a pretty, never cleaned brown-green woods patina.  These are rare to find here in the Western Theater.--$95.

  56. Original Civil War Soldier's Hymn Book distributed by "The United States Christian Commission".  This book shows lots of wear and was without question actually carried.  It has even had some Civil War Era stitching repair to the binding area.  These were extensively distributed and carried by many soldiers both US and CS.--$195.

  57. Beautiful condition lead filled large size "U.S." oval arrow hook Federal waist belt plate.  This buckle was recovered along the Federal Line at the Battle of Franklin about 50 years ago.  It was recovered by Claiborne Lytle, and is nice enough that you could wear it today.  100% Museum quality.--$325.SOLD

  58. Early 1840 - 1850 era "Puppy Paw Hook" style lead filled U.S. oval waist belt plate recovered several years ago by Wade Buchanan here at Stones River.  The buckle was flaking some around the edge and Wade put some sealer around the edge to stop the flaking.  There is some original leather belt still on the reverse of the plate.  Two attachment hooks are intact and one is missing.--ONLY $150.SOLD

  59. Beautiful condition COMPLETE original leather musket sling correct for a Model 1855 - Model 1861 - or Model 1863 Springfield or any of the Model 1861 contracts.  This will make a nice musket "museum ready" !!--$195.SOLD

  60. Original soldier's straight razor out of a North Carolina estate.  The razor was made by "Joseph Elliots", and has initials and a faint "1857" date cut into the wooden holder.  This was very likely Confederate carried.--$48.SOLD

  61. Quite scarce excavated "U-backwards -S" marked Bormann time fuze recovered here at Stones River long ago.  The "5-sec. marking" can still be seen on the fuze as well.--$45.SOLD

  62. Never recovered anymore.  .58 cal. Minie Ball with full "pig skin" casing.  This was recovered about 40 years ago at Harrison Landing, VA.--$48.

  63. Excellent condition, .50 cal., dropped, pointed nose Maynard cartridge.  This was recovered near Granny White Pike where Wilson's Cavalry was posted on the 2nd day of fighting at the Battle of Nashville.  It remains in excellent condition.--$48.

  64. This is an early Federal Patriotic cover out of the State of Ohio and is one you rarely see.  It pictures "Satan" complete with pitchfork and "the devil" written across his chest with the caption, "The First Secessionist".  This is one that I have only had a few of over the past 50 years.--$45.

  65. Very nice condition, Union Patriotic cover picturing a cannon with a Federal Eagle perched on the barrel with the caption, "To the Union Ever Loyal and True".  This cover was produced by McGee of Philadelphia, PA.--$35.

  66. Very nice condition and quite colorful, unused original, Union Patriotic cover.  This cover pictures a soldier, with his sword drawn, standing alongside a 34-star American Flag.  The colors remain bright and vivid.--$35.

  67. This is the way we used to dig them 40 years ago.  This is an accentuated serif, Richmond Arsenal pattern, 2-piece, CS sword belt plate.  The buckle was recovered from a Confederate Cavalry camp near Brandy Station, Virginia, and in all these years, it remains dirty just like it was dug.  I have left many of my own buckles just like this one, not even washed off.  If you are looking for a centerpiece for your excavated, Confederate relic display, it just doesn't get better than this.--$2,950.SOLD

  68. Quite rare, battlefield pick-up, .44 cal., Model 1861, Remington Army Model revolver.  This revolver was made in limited production "around 12,000" in 1862, and is known by Civil War collectors as the Remington, "Old Model Army".  This particular revolver is serial number 10004 and was a battlefield pick-up found near Church Road - Petersburg, Virginia, around the turn of the century.  It has a thick, brown patina from exposure to the elements for years but is not frozen up.  This would be a superb centerpiece for a battlefield weapons display.--$850.

  69. Absolutely beautiful condition, excavated, thick Atlanta style, CSA rectangle waist belt plate.  This buckle was recovered several years ago just north of Atlanta, Georgia.  It has perfect body curve, all three hooks intact, and a nice, never cleaned, brown/green patina.  This one is about as pretty as they get.--$3,850.SOLD

  70. This is unquestionably one of the nicest "08" pattern Leech & Rigdon CS 2-piece sword belt buckles that you are going to see.  The buckle was recovered from one of N. B. Forrest's 1863 Cavalry camps located near Spring Hill, Tennessee.  The two pieces were dug right together, and it is without question one of the best around.--$2,950.SOLD

  71. Smoking nice condition, non-excavated, coat size, "CSA" Confederate Officer's button.  This button has 100% bright gold gilt, a "Superior Quality" backmark, and the shank intact and straight.  I don't think you could find a nicer one.--$225.

  72. Absolutely beautiful, hand constructed and hand painted, regimental flag for the 18th Regiment Tennessee Volunteer Infantry.  This flag dates the Centennial Era (1960's) and has the regimental designation (18th Regt Tenn. Vols.), one battle honor (Fort Donelson), and the logo, "For God & Our Country".  This regiment was captured almost in its entirety at the Battle of Fort Donelson, but was later exchanged and fought through the rest of the war and eventually surrendered in Greensboro, North Carolina.  This flag will add a splash of color and vibrance to any relic room.  The flag measures approximately 9 1/2 feet by 5 1/2 feet with gold fringe around the edge.  The flag is 4-piece construction plus the fringe and is hand painted.--$295.

  73. Extremely rare, excavated, cuff size, "Alabama Map on Tree" uniform button.  This button was recovered many years ago from the camp of the 1st Alabama Cavalry located near Midland, Tennessee.  The 1st Alabama Cavalry was surprise attacked by General David Stanley's Federal Cavalry in March of 1863.  I personally recovered a large oval Alabama Map on Tree buckle at this site.  The button is quite solid, but unfortunately is dented.  It has a little gold around the map and shank is intact.  It is backmarked, "Schuler, H & G New York".  Several cuff size Alabama Map on Trees with this backmark have been found in Alabama camp sites.--$295. (This button only - you don't get my buckle!!)

  74. Flawless beautiful condition, excavated, large size, lead-filled, US oval cartridge box plate.  This plate was recovered here at Stones River over 40 years ago from the limestone out-croppings on private property on the north side of the battlefield.  The plate has a near reflective, chocolate brown patina with full lead and both iron attachment loops remaining intact.  This plate is literally nice enough to go back on a cartridge box.--$250.

  75. Very nice condition, excavated, large size, arrow hook pattern, US oval waist belt plate.  This plate was recovered many years ago (over 40 years ago) from the east side of Columbia Pike at the Battle of Franklin, Tennessee.  The buckle has all three attachment hooks intact and could easily be worn today.  Back in that era, I had one epic trip relic hunting at this site and found six buckles including one CSA rectangle all in a single day.  The buckles upstairs still look the same, but, unfortunately, I can't say the same for me !!!--$295.

  76. Antique framed, Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) Memorial document.  This document is for Charles M. Fox from Amityville, Pennsylvania.  Charles enlisted at Pottstown, Pennsylvania, on July 8, 1864, as a Private in Co. E of the 105th Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry.  He was discharged on July 11, 1865, and died on March 28, 1914.  Mr. Fox is buried in the Mt. Zion Cemetery at South Pottstown, Pennsylvania, in lot #294, section B and grave #2.  He was a lifetime member of the Pottstown, Pennsylvania, Graham Post #106 Dept. of Pennsylvania.  The antique frame remains in very nice condition, and the document is in nice condition as well.--$55.

  77. Here is a button that you rarely see.  This is a one piece, 1820 era, Vermont Militia Artillery.  The button has an Eagle on a cannon with "Artillery" above, and "Vermont, VT Militia" below.  This is a VT6A in Albert with an "R & W Robinson/Attleboro" backmark.  The button remains in flawless condition with shank intact.--$125.

  78. Absolutely beautiful, non-excavated, one piece, 1812 era, Militia Infantry Officer button.  This is a huge 26 mm button that is totally silvered with an Eagle holding a ribbon in its beak saying, "PROPATRIA" with a spray of flags beneath and "INFY" at the bottom.  The button has the shank perfectly intact and is backmarked, "A. M. Peasley --- Boston".  It is GI51J in Albert.--$125.SOLD

  79. Quite rare, March 15, 1862 date, 25 cent fractional note issued by the Western and Atlantic Railroad in Atlanta, Georgia.--$75.

  80. Very pretty condition, .36 cal., Colt 1851 Navy Model revolver.  This revolver has a smooth, attic gray/brown patina and was brought in out of our local area.  It has an all-matching serial number of 118933, and even still has a matching numbered wedge and loading lever.  The action still works nicely and locks firmly into both half-cock and full-cock.  This is early very desirable 1862 production and was almost certainly Confederate carried.  The barrel retains deep markings of, "Address Col. Sam'l Colt - New York - US America".  We are going to include a small display with an original percussion cap and projectile from here at Stones River.--$1,950.

  81. This is one of the most popular of the Confederate sword makers during the Civil War Era.  It is a "Thomas Griswold - New Orleans" Confederate manufactured and "MARKED" Foot Officer's sword.  This was purchased many years ago out of a New Orleans estate sale.  The blade is clean, just beginning to darken with age and has Thomas Griswold that you can see from ten feet away.  The sword has original wrap and wire and an excellent cast brass, Confederate Thomas Griswold guard.  It has never been cleaned and has a rich, bronzed patina.  This Confederate Officer's sword is literally nice enough for any museum.--$5,850.

  82. Virtually drop dead beautiful MINT large size "puppy-paw" U.S. oval waist belt plate on it's original mint unissued brown buff leather belt.  This belt rig was no nicer 150 years ago than it is today !!--$695.

  83. Excellent condition, excavated, revolver gun tool.  This was recovered from a Federal Cavalry camp here at Stones River.  It is nicely "US" marked and would still remove revolver nipples as well today as during the Civil War.--$75.SOLD

  84. Good solid circulated State of North Carolina 50 cent fractional note.  Note was issued Sept. 1, 1863--$45.

  85. Very pretty, excavated, coat size, Mississippi "I" (Infantry).  This button was recovered about 50 years ago from Camp Withers which was a Mississippi Brigade camp located along the Elk River here in Middle Tennessee and occupied during 1862.  This button is slick as can be with gold around each letter, around the star, and completely filling the "I" in the center.  It has the normal "Hyde & Goodrich - NO" backmark.  This is an artifact that will be a compliment to any collection.--$595.

  86. Beautiful condition non-excavated lead filled "Droop Wing Eagle" bridle rosette.  During the 1960s and early 1970s these were thought to be Confederate because of the "Droop Wing Eagle", and because they were usually found in Confederate sites.  It turns out that they are quite rare early pre-Civil War "Dragoon" bridle and stirrup rosettes, and carried over by Confederates from the earlier era as was often the case.  This example is nothing less than beautiful.--$450.

  87. Very pretty, non-excavated, family hand-me-down, large size, lead-filled, Civil War Martingale Heart.  This pattern Martingale Heart was most often Confederate used, and the family where this one came from had relatives that served in the Tennessee Cavalry CSA.  The heart has nice patina and has a number of small marks from actual service.  This would be a fine addition to any Confederate Cavalry display.--$595.

  88. Beautifully crafted, 13 inch, Confederate bone handle side knife, blacksmith made from an 1840 era Knight's Head Militia Officer's sword.  This knife has an 8 inch blade that remains razor sharp yet today.  This is out of our local area and was no doubt carried by a local Middle Tennessee Confederate.  This would be an excellent addition to any Confederate display.--$795.

  89. During the mid-1970's, Claiborne and I were able to find the position of the Confederate Sharp Shooters on the Brentwood Hills during the 2nd day's fighting at the Battle of Nashville, Tennessee.  The Confederate Sharp Shooters had a good many of the famous English Whitworth scoped sniper rifles.  Claiborne and I together found a good many beautiful drop, .45 cal., Whitworth sniper projectiles.  This particular bullet is a beautiful example and is one that Claiborne recovered on this line.--$225.

  90. Beautiful condition, original, Regimental size, 1855 to Civil War Era drum.  This drum measures 15 inches in height and 17 inches across and is a larger regimental size.  Both heads are intact and remain in nice condition with red trim top and bottom.  The label inside reads, "Bass and Tenor Drums - Porter Blanchard - Concord NH".  The drum has original ropes and has a museum worthy display presentation.(CW)--$1,450.

  91. Very nice condition GOLDEN SABER II TESORO METAL DETECTOR complete with stock 8 inch coil and new high quality set of headphones.  Tesoro is well known for producing excellent quality, and long lasting hobby metal detectors.  The Golden Saber II is basically an "On And Hunt" machine.  It is ideal for both coin hunting, and Civil War Relic hunting.  My friend purchased this one a while back, and his health failed, and I'm not sure if this machine has even been used once or not.  There is a second elliptical shaped coil that comes with the detector.  Tesoro detectors are famous for having really good discrimination, and this one has crisp tone and very good depth.  My friend paid $429. for the detector, and $89. for the headset for a total of $518. plus shp/ins.  Your price is $295. plus shp, and has new batteries in it - ready to go digging !!

  92. Like new condition, Navy Arms, quality reproduction, Remington Zouave two-band rifled musket.  With this musket comes everything you need for target shooting or deer and turkey hunting.  With the rifle comes a nice quality bullet mold for a .58 cal. 3-ring Minie ball.  Also, there is a near full can of correct powder and 30+ Minie balls molded from melted down Civil War camp site lead.  The patch box contains a bullet extractor and an extra nipple.  There is also a tray containing 90 percussion caps.  I have been told the weapon shoots beautifully.--$495 for the rifled musket and all the assorted associated items.

  93. A family brought this in today, and I just couldn't help myself !!!  It is an antique branding iron of a "HEART" !!  What could more show your "searing hot love"   here at VALENTINE'S DAY than an 1800s branding iron !!!  YES -- A "HUNKA - HUNKA - chunk of  "BURNING LOVE" !!!  Is this not the BEST VALENTINE'S GIFT EVER !!!!  In reality during Civil War times the Plantation family name was "HART" !!!  (YES -- BORING !!~)--$125.

  94. Non-excavated Federal eagle breastplate that has had the two attachment loops snipped off the back, and has had two wires inserted into the lead back.  This was probably, at the time, done to  put the plate on a Relic Board.  (Just Like The One Below !!)  The plate has a nice face and displays well.--$150.

  95. Very cool old G.A.R. artifact.  This is a walnut shield with a U.S. cartridge boxplate, and an eagle breastplate mounted on it.  I have removed both plates to make sure that they are originals, and they 100% are original.  The screws come into the lead in the back of the plates from the rear.  I can leave them disattached, or I can reattach them - either way.  A really nice old G.A.R. relic.--$395.

  96. Very pretty 2-section 1800s era rosewood with silver trimmings flute - fife - or recorder.  I can't really tell one from the other.  This was just brought in out of our local area and will make a classy addition to your collection.--$95.

  97. This small size, excavated, "Burnside" style breast plate has about the most perfect, pretty, chocolate brown face you could hope to see.  Unfortunately, it was a little close to the fire, and part of the lead is melted out of the back of the plate.  Enough of the lead is remaining to hold the hooks in place, and both iron attachment loops remain intact.--$275.

  98. Excavated "lead pencil" made from a .69 cal minieball.  This was recovered on private property here at Stones River from where the Confederate advance stalled on the night of Dec. 31, 1862.  This lead pencil could have very easily penned a young Confederate soldier's last message home.--$35.

  99. Just in out of a local estate, very nice condition, Model 1851, .36 cal., Colt 6-shot Navy Model revolver.  This revolver has a smooth, gently aging, gray patina with barrel markings of, "Address Col Saml Colt - New York - US America".  The cylinder retains about 50% original engraving, and the revolver has an all-matching serial number (even the wedge) of 130947, which is most desirable 1862 - 1863 mid-war production.  The revolver has crisp, perfect action - original walnut grips - and would be a fine addition to any Civil War collection.--$2,450.

  100. Absolutely beautiful condition, excavated, "Richmond Arsenal" style CS two-piece, tongue and wreath sword belt plate.  This buckle was recovered about 40 years ago from a Confederate Cavalry camp near Brandy Station, Virginia.  The two buckle halves were a belt length apart.  You couldn't ask for a nicer two-piece CS sword belt plate.--$3,250.

  101. Very nice condition, Confederate carried, carbine cartridge box.  This cartridge box is out of a north Florida estate and has an 1820 - 1840 pattern Infantry horn affixed to the front of the box.  The Infantry horn is a rare, very early pattern and has a near chocolate brown, never ever cleaned patina.  The box has the original cartridge tin remaining inside and also the loop for your belt to go through for the box to hang at your side.  This is a very nice example of a Southern Cavalry carried cartridge box.--$795.

  102. Nice condition, 7MM, French pinfire revolver.  The original walnut grips are intact and in nice condition.  The loading gate, cartridge ejector rod, and folding trigger all remain intact.  The action works sometimes, and sometimes it does not.  It is difficult to find a Civil War Era pinfire revolver with all the little accessories intact.--$595.

  103. Very nice condition gilted "United Confederate Veteran" souvenir badge.  This medal pictures Gen. Robert E. Lee on the front, and has all the Confederate Flags on the reverse.--$48.

  104. Very pretty condition Scott #12 blue 10 cent CONFEDERATE postal stamp.  This one appears to be a perfect unused example.--$25.

  105. Nice condition, excavated, Springfield combination gun tool.  This was recovered here at Stones River by Wade Buchanan about 40 years ago from the rock out-croppings that at the time were where the current Bumpus Harley motorcycle shop is today.--$48.

  106. Beautiful condition, non-excavated, vest size, South Carolina State Seal.  It has 90% bright gold gilt with a "Horstmann & Alien - NY" backmark with shank intact.  This is a pretty little button.--$75.

  107. Beautiful condition, non-excavated, kepi size South Carolina State Seal.  This button has 100% bright gold gilt, "Horstmann & Allien" backmark, and shank intact.  This is a rare size South Carolina button to find because of being so tiny.--$125.

  108. Excellent condition, excavated, drop, .69 triangle base French Minie.  This projectile was recovered from General Breckinridge's Confederate camp located near Readyville, Tennessee, and occupied during November of 1862.--$38.

  109. Beautiful condition non-excavated 100% gilted tiny "kepi size" eagle "A" Federal artillery button.  Blank back, and shank intact.--$35.

  110. Very pretty, excavated, 1850 date, silver seated Liberty dime.  The coin has a small hole in it where it was being worn as a necklace.  I once had a Civil War letter that said soldiers sometimes wore a coin around their neck so that they always had money enough for one meal.--$45.

  111. 1885 date, silver dollar recovered from a Civil War hospital home that remained standing until just a few years ago.  This coin was recovered about 40 years ago from what was known as "The Jenkins House" during the Civil War.  Interestingly, it was recovered by my hunting buddy -- Wayne Jenkins!!--$50.

  112. Beautiful condition, non-excavated, coat size, Federal "I" (Infantry) Officer's button.  This button retains 100% bright gold gilt with shank intact and rare backmark of, "Fine Gold Plate".--$38.

  113. Very pretty condition Civil War era Belgian 7mm Pinfire 6 shot revolver.  Small Pinfire revolvers were very popular as a last resort weapon among Confederate officers.  It is difficult to find one of these that is all complete and functions properly.  This is a beauty with folding trigger - ejector rod - and cartridge door all remaining intact, and everything works perfectly.  The revolver has ornate gutta percha grips that are without a single chip.  This is a museum quality example.--$695.

  114. Super rare, Western Theater, "coin type" CS two-piece sword belt plate on original Civil War leather belt.  The buckle has a rich, aged patina, and the belt remains complete but does have some age flaking.  This is one of the rarest style CS two-piece buckles on leather that you are going to come by and will be a centerpiece to even an advanced Confederate collection.--$6,950.SOLD

  115. Very nice condition, corner curio display case.  The case remains in very nice condition, is lighted, and has three shelves.  It stands approximately six feet tall, two feet wide, and one foot deep.--$325.

  116. Nice condition, excavated, .69 cal., 2-ring Prussian Minie.  The governor of Ohio purchased Prussian muskets to arm early war Ohio volunteers.  This particular bullet was recovered from an Ohio camp site located north of Triune, Tennessee.--$25.

  117. Excellent condition, Confederate used, .44 cal. ringtail Sharps.  This particular bullet was used in .44 cal. Sharps carbines.  This bullet was recovered from the camp of Wharton's 8th Texas Cavalry located just south of Knob Gap, Tennessee.  This is a really nice example.--$45.

  118. Very nice condition, .58 cal., Confederate "New Austrian" projectile.  This is an MM108 in McKee & Mason.  It is an excellent example with visible mold mark.  It was recovered in Central Virginia.--$95.

  119. Excellent condition, excavated, dropped, .54 cal., 4-ring Richmond Sharps.  This is a rare Confederate Arsenal made bullet and was recovered from a Confederate Cavalry just outside Richmond, VA.--$70.

  120. December 2, 1862, series - $5 Confederate States of America note.  This is a good, solid, circulated note, serial# 6179, and remains a good, complete example.--$79.

  121. Very nice colorful July 21, 1862, $1 Virginia Treasury note.  This is a circulated note but remains very sound and is serial# 42595.--$85.

  122. Beautiful condition, "Haiman" style, Confederate Dog River Cavalry saber.  This saber is the saber only without scabbard and has a very nice, never cleaned, unstopped fuller Confederate blade and a high copper content Confederate made guard and pommel cap.  The grip remains 100% intact and still has the original single strand copper wire.  You couldn't ask for a prettier Confederate made Cavalry saber.--$2,350.

  123. Very ornate in design, May 1861 date, Bank of Augusta, Georgia, $1 note.  The note has "interest paid" stamps on it as well.  It is in circulated condition but remains very stable.--$79.

  124. Very nice condition, excavated, .45 cal., 3-ring, teat base, Confederate Kerr projectile.  This is a nice drop recovered by Mr. Otis Brown almost 50 years ago from a Confederate camp on private property near Ft. Donelson.--$48.

  125. Excellent condition, non-excavated, coat size, Georgia State Seal.  The face is perfect with nice detail and 95% bright gold gilt, and the reverse has the very sought after "1861 Mintzer" backmark.  You will not find a nicer example, and this is one of the very few Civil War backmarks with an actual date (1861).--$295.

  126. Two excavated partial waist belt plates recovered from the 1862 - 1863 winter camp of the 8th Texas Cavalry (Wharton's Cavalry).  The Confederates sometimes took Union waist belt buckles and melted the hooks out of the back of the buckles and simply wore the hooks themselves as their belt buckle.  The first buckle is 1/2 of a cast brass "Georgia Frame" Confederate manufactured Cavalry frame buckle.  Both buckles are presented in a glass display case.--$95. for both buckles.

  127. Excavated, stamped brass hat device (1), I think.  This hat device, I believe, could possibly be a number of different things.  It could be a (1) as it appears to be, or it could be one leg of an (H), or a stamped brass (I) missing one tip, or other possibilities I'm sure.  Whichever it is, it is --$25.

  128. Relic condition, very ornate, 1870's era, Knights of Pythias fraternal sword and scabbard.  Although some Knights of Pythias fraternal swords date as early as 1864, this example has the diamond shape blade indicating 1870's.  Many Civil War officers were members of this fraternal organization.  This sword remains in overall good condition but is missing the Knights head cap on the very back of the sword grip.  This is a very impressive sword for a super low price.--$125.

  129. Group of three excavated Confederate artifacts recovered years ago from the Battlefield of Franklin, Tennessee.  These artifacts include 1) the top and spout portion of a Confederate drum canteen, 2) very tip of a broken Confederate D-guard bowie knife blade, 3) ornate, lead-filled brass side knife bolster.  All three Confederate artifacts were recovered from lawns at the Battle of Franklin where the Confederates made the futile charge.--$95. for all.

  130. Absolutely beautiful condition, excavated drop, .69 cal., 2-ring, Confederate Gardner bullet.  This bullet was recovered from Lucius Polk's 1863 Brigade winter camp located near Tullahoma, Tennessee.  This is an excellent example of a very rare bullet.--$125.

  131. Extremely rare to recover, nice dropped, .36 cal., multi-groove Confederate Sharps projectile.  This perfect condition, super rare, Confederate used bullet was recovered from the November - December, 1862, camp of Wharton's Texas Cavalry located near Nolensville, Tennessee.--$89.

  132. Very pretty, single barrel, .58 cal., percussion musket made by Ketland of London.  This fowling rifle dates Civil War era, and is out of a local estate and actually has a military (Enfield) type ram rod.  According to family legend, a relative carried it to the Civil War in the very beginning as was often the case in the South.  The fowling rifle still has a strong main spring, and the action still works nicely (some of the time) !!  This historic old rifle would be fantastic hanging over the fireplace !!!--$650.

  133. Smokingly beautiful, non-excavated, Richmond Arsenal pattern, CS two-piece sword belt plate with a portion of the original bullet stitch, brown leather, Confederate belt.  This CS buckle and partial belt is part of a display that also consists of (6)six excellent condition, coat size, Civil War issue, Superior Quality, "C.S.A." uniform buttons and (2) two coat size Federal Staff Officer buttons of the type frequently worn by Confederate Officers.  Also in the display is a $50 Confederate note also from Richmond, Virginia.  This display is in a very nice quality, hand made, 12" by 18" walnut display case.  This would be a beautiful addition to even a museum display.--$6,550.

  134. Extremely rare, excavated, "Ball Serif" style CS two-piece sword belt plate.  This scarce style CS two-piece has the distinction of having a solid backed style wreath.  This buckle was recovered many years ago from the area around Culpepper, Virginia, where most of this style buckle is recovered.  The plate has a smooth, chocolate brown patina, and the two pieces fit and match nicely.  This style CS two-piece is only recovered in very specific areas and is becoming a tough variety to find.--$2,450.

  135. Confederate manufacture "Dog River" style Confederate saber that was brought home from the Civil War, and made into a "tobacco cutting knife".  It was a very normal thing for Confederates to bring military items home from the war and adapt them to needs at home or on the farm.  This example has the classic "unstopped fuller" Confederate manufactured blade, and the "red brass" Southern style Cavalry saber guard.  The pommel cap has a casting flaw which is also a trait of Confederate made weapons.  This is a very classic example of how Southerners adapted Civil War weapons to civilian needs back at home.--$750.

  136. Extremely rare and in very nice condition, Confederate manufacture, short Artillery sword.  This style unmarked Confederate sword is a product of "E. J. Johnston & Company" of Macon, Georgia.  This company provided the Confederacy with many different types and models of edged weapons.  A few of the weapons of this type are actually maker marked, but far and away most are unmarked.  This example has a nice, clean blade, gently darkening with age, and the classic concentric ring cast brass guard that has a rich, aged never cleaned patina.  This is a nicer example than what most museums have.--$1,895.

  137. 27 inch overall import Civil War Era saber bayonet.  This saber bayonet recently surfaced in a north Florida estate sale.  It is the style sometimes seen with Colt revolving rifles.  It has an aged, attic type patina and could have just as easily been Union or Confederate used.  This will be an excellent addition to someone's Civil War relic display.--$295.

  138. Really nice, excavated, Model 1851, Federal Cavalry cast brass Enlistedman's Eagle   sword belt plate.  This buckle was recovered over 40 years ago from a Federal Cavalry camp located near Ft. Granger on the Harpeth River at Franklin, Tennessee.  This buckle has a nice, reflective, olive green patina, crisp detail, and residue where the applied wreaths once were.  It still has perfect body curve and would be difficult to dig a nicer example.--$375.

  139. Nice, complete, sound, T-20, September 2, 1861, Confederate $20 note.  This note is lightly circulated but has a good edge all the way around.  I have recently seen this note priced at over $400 at a recent show.--$175.

  140. Very attractive, lightly circulated, T-51, December 2, 1862, Confederate $20 note picturing the State Capitol of Nashville, Tennessee.  The note still has good edges all the way around and is a good example of this rather rare note.--$175.

  141. Model 1860 Federal Navy Cutlass.  The large brass guard remains in nice condition, and the blade has a pleasing, gray/brown, aged patina.  The grip is down to wood, which they often are.  The markings on the blade are literally almost worn off, but under the glass, I can still see "186?".  Just a good, honest Naval Cutlass from the Civil War.--$450.

  142. Absolutely drop-dead beautiful excavated condition, coat size, CS127A2.  This is a coat size Confederate Cavalry with a blank back, but many believe they were made by Superior Quality.  It has a smooth, chocolate patina with perfect, straight shank and the nicest detail you could ever hope to see.  This button was dug many years ago from a Confederate Cavalry camp near Fredericksburg, Virginia.--$595.

  143. Really nice, excavated, Model 1851, Federal Cavalry cast brass Enlistedman's Eagle   sword belt plate.  This buckle was recovered about 40 years ago near the Willow Plunge Springs near the Carnton Mansion at the Battle of Franklin, Tennessee.  The buckle has a smooth, chocolate patina with some remnants of the applied wreaths still remaining intact.  The buckle also has the original, cast brass keeper hook remaining with the plate.  There was a Federal Cavalry camp located near these springs for several years.--$395.

  144. Super rare and very pretty condition, Virginia Militia Officer's two-piece State Seal sword belt plate and original belt and both original sword drops remaining intact.  This is a rare style Virginia buckle with the solid back wreath and the die struck tongue center disc applied to the tongue bar.  The pre-war manufacturers that were constructing buckles in this manner were no doubt where the Bellenot and Ulrich Company in New Orleans got the idea to construct Confederate buckles made during the war in this manner.  This is a super nice belt rig all the way around.--$8,500.SOLD

  145. Super pretty excavated circular Federal eagle breastplate.  This plate was dug about 42 years ago at Cold Harbor, VA., and is literally nice enough to go back on the cross belt.  It has crisp detail, a smooth chocolate patina, full lead, and both iron loops intact.  I really don't think it is possible to dig a plate this nice today.--$250.

  146. Extremely rare and sought after Model 1853 slant breech .52 cal. Sharps carbine - Famously Known As "The John Brown Sharps".  This was the weapon that John Brown used on his unsuccessful raid at Harpers Ferry in 1859.  This weapon is serial number "18611" and shows as being shipped on Nov. 16, 1855.  Many of the prewar produced Model 1853 Slant Breech Sharps ended up CS Cavalry carried.  This example has a smooth - gently aged - brown patina and good crisp action.  The bore is very good, and the site base remains intact, but the leaf isn't present.  The brass patchbox is intact with a good spring, and works perfectly.  The "John Brown Sharps" is famous for the super long saddle ring bar, and this one remains intact and complete with the original saddle ring.  Here is your chance to get the famous "John Brown Sharps" in nice condition and very fairly priced.--$2,850.SOLD

  147. Model 1860 Light Cavalry saber that somehow has the three-branch guard missing and has never been taken apart.  The blade has a smooth, chocolate patina and is marked, "Mansfield & Lamb - US - 1864".  There has to be quite a story as to how the brass guard came to be missing from this saber.  The grip remains completely intact with full original wrap and wire.  This is a great relic for a very reasonable price.--$475.

  148. Absolutely drop-dead beautiful, excavated, large oval, lead-filled, US waist belt plate.  This plate was recovered over 40 years ago among the limestone outcroppings near where Bumpus Harley Davidson in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, sits today.  The plate has a slick, chocolate brown patina with smooth lead in the reverse and all three hooks intact.--$325.

  149. Here is one that you virtually never see offered for sale.  This is a NON-DUG BURNSIDE Breast Plate.  It has a rich, aged patina with full lead and both iron attachment loops intact.--$395.

  150. It is generally a rarity to get a Confederate weapon with ONE qualified "Letter of Authenticity".  With this Richmond carbine, you not only get one Letter of Authenticity from a qualified dealer, but with this weapon, you get three.  The weapon has been thoroughly inspected by myself at Middle Tennessee Relics, and by Nick Pierut at Army of Tennessee Relics, and Rafael Eledge at Shiloh Relics.  You simply couldn't ask for better than that.  This weapon is a "Richmond Carbine" from the famous Confederate Armory in Richmond, Virginia.  This is the short version of the rifle, and because of that, is generally referred to by collectors as the "Richmond Carbine".  Many Richmond firearms, especially early war examples, are partly Confederate production and partly leftover parts from Federal production.  This example is 1864 production and was Confederate produced from tip to tip.  The metal has an overall, aged, brown patina, and the brass butt plate has a beautiful, aged, honey-colored patina.  Even the ramrod is original Richmond production and has the threads intact.  The lockplate has a crystal clear, 1864 production date to go along with the deep, clear, "CS" stamp and Richmond stamp of production location.  The action works well on all positions.  If you have ben wanting a true, real deal, untampered with, Confederate produced weapon, here it is.  And as previously stated, comes with three Letters of Authenticity, each from a long-time dealer in the field.  The three of us together have over 100 years experience.--$7,850.SOLD

  151. Absolutely drop dead perfect and beautiful non-excavated coat size Confederate stippled Old English "E" (Engineer).  This button literally has 100 % bright gold gilt - "H. T. & B. - Manchester" Backmark - and shank straight and intact.  It is "CS153A" in Albert.   I recently saw one of these sell for $2,000. - and was not one bit nicer than this one.--$1,450.

  152. Very nice condition, non-excavated, cast brass Model 1851 Federal Sword Belt plate.  The plate has a pleasing aged patina, and has the applied silver wreath remaining 100% intact.  The buckle has the brass keeper still with it, and shows nice wear from actual field service.  This plate is out of the local area, and very well could have been Confederate used.  Really pretty plate.--$395.

  153. Very pretty non-excavated circular lead filled Federal eagle cross belt plate (breastplate).  The plate was purchased years ago out of a central Ohio estate sale, and has nice detail, and a rich aged patina.  It has full lead and one of the attachment loops remains intact.  Every collection should have a nice eagle breastplate.--$195.

  154. I have no idea about this button, and the collection that it came as a part of just had a "?" mark.  It is a cuff size eagle "D" and has a backmark of "A. J. FULKS (?) Co. - WHITESTOWN" (which I have never heard of).  Has anyone ever seen one of these before, or ever even heard of this maker - would appreciate any help !!  FOR EVERYONE'S REFERENCE - "A. J. FULKS" is a sutler of current living history/re-enacting materials.  It is a current made button, and to make it more fun -- I KNOW ANDY FULKS, and will probably see him next week-end !!!!  We do try to get to the bottom of things !!!!

  155. Excavated 3 inch cast brass Revolutionary War era shoe buckle recovered from a Texas Cavalry camp site.  We feel sure this heavy cast brass buckle was being worn as a waist belt buckle by a member of the 8th Texas Cavalry (and not as a shoe buckle) !!  In this same Texas camp we found several infantry musket barrels that had been cut off -- out of necessity - making shorter Cavalry weapons out of full length infantry muskets.  Wharton's 8th Texas Rangers were "making do" with what they had.--$48.

  156. Really pretty non-excavated coat size Federal "I" (Infantry) Officer's uniform button.  It has a "D. EVANS" backmark - shank intact - and 100% bright gold gilt.--$38.

  157. Beautiful condition, non-excavated, large size, lead-filled, US oval cartridge box plate.  This cartridge box plate is out of a central Ohio estate sale and has a beautiful, uncleaned, rich, aged patina.  Both attachment loops are intact on the reverse.--$250.

  158. Mint, beautiful condition, 24 mm coat size CS5 Confederate Staff Officer button.  This button is in pristine condition with near 100% bright gold gilt.  It has the"Extra Rich/Treble Gilt" backmark.  You couldn't ask for nicer example.--$295. for this beauty.

  159. Excavated coat size Virginia State Seal Confederate uniform button.  It has nice detail and a smooth chocolate patina.  There is a TINY press to the button, but is barely visible, and displays nicely.  The shank is intact, but was missing when found, and has been replaced.  It was found on private property near Chickamauga.--$175.

  160. Absolutely perfect, non-excavated example of the Model 1839, single arrow hook "baby size" US oval.  You couldn't ask for a nicer example.--$350.

  161. Absolutely beautiful condition, early "fat letter" US oval cartridge box plate.  This plate was recovered here at Stones River on private property over 40 years ago.  This plate is so pretty, you could literally put it back on a cartridge box.--$250.

  162. Really pretty, stamped brass, English Lion's head device.  This was very likely the device on the end of the watch fob.  It remains in excellent condition with some gold gilt.--$95.

  163. Quite rare and beautiful non-excavated condition one piece 1820 - 1830 era great coat  SILVERED Federal Eagle "I" button.  A button identical to this button was recovered from a Confederate Army Of Tennessee 1862 - 1863 Polk's Corp winter camp located along Duck River near Shelbyville, TN.  It is very likely that some young Confederate had an ancestor that served in the Federal Army around 1820, and was wearing his ancestor's uniform, (or at least the buttons off his uniform !!!)  The soldered on shank remains perfectly intact.--$79.

  164. Excellent condition excavated Federal Cavalry brass curb chain.  This one was found by Wayne Jenkins at Camp Stanley here in Murfreesboro, TN. and is 100 % complete.--$38.

  165. Beautiful condition, Model 1839, small oval, lead-filled, US cartridge box plate.  This example has full lead, both wire loops intact, and a "W. H. Smith Brooklyn" backmark.--$375.

  166. Coat size, non-excavated, Georgia State Seal.  This button has 100% bright gold gilt and a "Mintzer" backmark in a depressed channel.  No dents and shank intact - you won't see much nicer.--$250.

  167. Excellent condition, non-excavated, coat size, Union Staff Officer button.  It has an unusual backmark of a "Shield and Fine Gold Plated".--$45.

  168. Quite rare, solid silver, Civil War Era spoon with the "Hyde & Goodrich" makers mark who are well known for being the backmark for both TEXAS and MISSISSIPPI Confederate buttons.  Hyde and Goodrich were well known New Orleans jewelers.  I only get about one or two of these per year.--$95.

  169. Absolutely beautiful condition, non-excavated, coat size, nicely gilted, Federal Eagle "I" (Infantry) Officer button.  It has a "D. Evans Attleboro" backmark and shank intact.--$38.

  170. Very rare complete excavated cartridge for a front loading .42 cal. Plant Revolver.  On this cartridge, the bullet is completely contained back into the cartridge.--$25.

  171. Extremely rare, gilted coat size, non-excavated, "1801 Providence Marine Corp of Artillery" uniform button.  This button has near 100% gilted and has a nice, early "Robinson" backmark.  This unit was out of Providence, Rhode Island, and is a uniform button that you do not often see.--$195.

  172. Absolutely beautiful, excavated, cuff size, Infantry Officer button with near 100% bright gold gilt and still has "extra button loop" on the shank.--$25.

  173. Beautiful condition, non-excavated, vest size, South Carolina State Seal.  It has 90% bright gold gilt with a "Horstmann & Alien - NY" backmark with shank intact.  This is a pretty little button.--$75.

  174. Very rare, beautiful condition, excavated, CUFF SIZE, GI70BV, 1820 era, Army General Service, one-piece brass button.  This button has the very sought after, "UNITED STATES" backmark and has shank intact.--$85.

  175. Rare, rare Richmond Arsenal pattern CS Enlistedman's Cavalry sword belt rig.  This belt rig was a part of the nationally known Steve Mullinax collection for many years.  The CS two-piece sword belt plate buckle is a regulation Richmond Arsenal product and has a rich, never cleaned, aged bronze patina.  The belt itself is an original "bullet stitch" Confederate Richmond Arsenal belt but was in an attic for many years and gradually became hard as a rock.  We have used Picard (lots of Picard) to get the belt in a state to display.  The belt displays nicely but has numerous cracks and a couple of breaks.  You will likely never see an original Richmond Arsenal CS belt plate on an original belt at a price like this again.  We are pricing it at pretty much the value of the non-excavated CS two-piece buckle.--$4,500.SOLD

  176. Very nice condition .54 cal. Starr percussion Civil War carbine.  This example has clean metal and crisp, sharp marks.  The carbine is serial number "1801".  It is marked "Starr Arms - Yonkers, NY - 1858".  The Starr carbine was carried by the 1st Ark. Cav. (Union) - 5th Kansas Cav. - 11th Missouri - 24th New York Cav. - and others.  This example has very nice action, and deep, sharp rifling, and would be a very nice addition to any Civil War collection.--$1,895.

  177. Model 1850, Federal Field & Staff Officer's sword in original, brass mounted metal scabbard.  The blade on this officer's sword was at some point in time plated and has residue of old plating remaining today.  The cast brass guard remains in nice condition with a good bit of original gold gilt still visible.  The grip remains very nice with original shark skin wrap and wire.  The metal scabbard remains in nice condition as well and also has residue of old plating.  Over the years, I have discovered that a good many Civil War guns and swords that were plated were on display in old GAR meeting halls and UCV meeting halls.  Their thinking apparently was, if we plate them, we won't have to keep cleaning them.  This is a very attractive sword and scabbard with the cut-out "US" in the guard.--$950.

  178. Very attractive, Model 1855, Federal cartridge box, complete with the over-the-shoulder sling, both plates, and original cartridge tins still inside.  This cartridge box rig remains quite stable but does have some surface flaking in areas.  It remains strong and stable enough to display on a mannequin.  You just do not see very many Federal rigs with the complete over-the-shoulder sling intact.--$895.

  179. Excellent condition, large size, Civil War Era three-blade bleeder.  This is the style in which the blades fold up inside a brass case.  All three blades are maker marked and completely intact.  I'm sure this thing works as well as it ever did if you'd like to give it a try!!!--$125.

  180. Quite rare, 1820 era, non-excavated, one-piece Vermont Militia.  These are beautiful buttons and often turn up around Civil War camps.  It has a "Robinson" backmark with the shank intact.  It has 100% silver wash remaining intact.  Early Vermont buttons are quite rare to come by.--$250.

  181. Very pretty, excavated, 1836 bust half-dime.  This coin was recovered from the camp of the 8th Texas Cavalry CSA which was located near Unionville, Tennessee, in 1863.  The coin has a small hole in it, and according to a soldier's letter I once had, always insured that the soldier had enough money for one meal, and he wore the coin around his neck on a string.--$65.

  182. Very nice condition, February 17, 1864, issue, Confederate $5 note out of Richmond, Virginia.  This note is only lightly circulated and has a nice, pink color and crisp detail.  This is serial number 50537.--$95.

  183. One page Civil War letter written January 15, 1863, from "Camp near Moscow, Tennessee".  In this letter, Captain Joseph Chugman, who was commanding Company A of the 46th Illinois Volunteer Infantry, documents the destruction of excess baggage and unserviceable equipment.  This letter is written in brown quill ink and is light and hard to read in areas.--$45.

  184. Extremely rare, .54 cal., Starr carbine with breach markings of "1ARK/K" (1st Arkansas, Troop K).  This carbine is serial number 14509.  These Starr carbines were issued to Arkansas Federal Cavalry units, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, & 4th Cavalry.  This carbine has the initials "F.M.H." carved into the stock.  There is only one single Arkansas soldier with those initials in the 1st Arkansas Troop K.  His name was Frances Marion Holt.  He mustered both in and out as a private mustering in on July 20, 1862, and mustering out on August 20, 1865.  This particular carbine is crisply marked and in very nice overall condition, but does have a slight bulge in the barrel a couple of inches from the end of the barrel resulting from being fired with mud in the end of the barrel.  This is an extremely rare Arkansas artifact, because there were only a few thousand issued to begin with.  This artifact is out of the nationally known Charlie Harris collection.  Charlie is a well known Civil War authority and author that, unfortunately,  we recently lost.--$3,250.

  185. Very nice condition, complete Federal waist belt rig including original waist belt, original .58 cal. cartridge box, and the original percussion cap box.  The belt itself remains complete and pliable with a beautiful arrow-hook pattern US oval waist belt buckle, and the brass length adjustor remains perfectly intact.  The cartridge box is a Model 1864 with embossed “US” and both cartridge tins remaining intact on the inside.  The leather percussion cap box has both belt loops and closure tab intact and has an embossed “US” mark on the outside flap.  There are quite a number of original percussion caps remaining inside.  This belt rig was on display in an Arkansas museum for a number of years and would be an excellent addition to any Civil War collection.--$1,250.

  186. Quite uncommon to find, coat size, gilted, non-excavated, Connecticut "New Haven Grays" staff uniform button.  This is a super nice button with 100% bright gold gilt and shank intact with an "Extra Quality" backmark.--$85.

  187. Excavated, coat size, CS26, Droop Wing Eagle Confederate Staff Officer button.  This was recovered many years ago by my old relic hunting buddy, Claiborne Lytle, from the camp of the 1st Alabama Cavalry.  It has a smooth, chocolate brown patina and had a small freeze crack in the face when recovered which has been nicely restored.  It is quite rare to recovered one of these now.--$150

  188. Drop-dead beautiful, excavated, coat size, Federal Eagle "A" (Artillery) uniform button.  This button was recovered over 40 years ago on private property here at Stones River and has 80% bright gold gilt and shank intact on the reverse.--$55.

  189. Beautiful condition, excavated, coat size, Mississippi "I" (Infantry).  This button was recovered many years ago from Camp Withers (an 1862 Mississippi Infantry brigade camp located near Allisonia Station on Elk River here in middle Tennessee.)  It has beautiful gold gilt, and a "Hyde and Goodrich" backmark with shank intact.  You couldn't ask to dig a prettier one, and this one hasn't even been completely washed off.--$595.

  190. Absolutely beautiful, non-dug condition, cuff size, "Mitchell Tyler Richmond" Virginia Staff Officer button.  This button literally could not be nicer and has a small piece of cloth remaining with the button.  It has virtually 100% bright gold gilt with the shank intact.  It was purchased out of a Richmond, Virginia, estate about 40 years ago.--$275.

  191. Very unique, hand crafted, Confederate lead regimental hat number "1".  This hat number was recovered many years ago from the camp of the 1st Alabama Cavalry occupied during the spring of 1863 and located near Middleton, Tennessee.  It was recovered by my old relic hunting buddy, Wayne Jenkins.  This camp was attacked and destroyed by Federal Cavalry in March, 1863.  You can clearly see where the hat number would have been sewn on.--$95.

  192. Perfect, non-dug condition, regulation, large size, Federal stamped brass company letter "D".  It has a rich, aged patina, and both loops for attaching remain intact.--$85.

  193. Beautiful condition, soldier hand-crafted Minie ball watch fob.  The soldier nicely carved a Minie ball with a star in the base into a watch fob complete with chain.  The watch fob was found in the camp of Wharton's 8th Texas Cavalry which makes you wonder if the soldier chose this bullet because of the star in the base.  It remains in excellent condition.--$125.

  194. Extremely rare, Confederate manufactured Foot Officer's sword by E. J. Johnson of Macon, Georgia.  E. J. Johnson Confederate manufactured swords were made with stopped fullers and with highly polished and lacquered wooden grips.  The grips are so beautifully polished that it takes close examination to determine that the grip is made of wood and not horn.  This is an unmarked example with only faint traces of Confederate engraving.  The high copper alloy brass guard on this sword has a beautiful, bronze, never-cleaned patina.  The original wire remains intact on the grip, and the blade is just beginning to turn brown/gray with age.  I recently purchased this sword out of an Arkansas estate.--$4,500.

  195. Very pretty condition St. Louis Arsenal, Model 1858 pattern, smooth side canteen with soldered tin spout, complete brown wool cover, and a small portion of the original linen sling.  This canteen was just brought in out of a local Lebanon, Tennessee estate and was almost certainly Confederate carried.  The butternut cover is far nicer than most you see without even a single hole.--$395.

  196. Absolutely beautiful condition and extremely rare, non-excavated, coat size, Confederate Officer (C.S.A) button with "S. Buckley Birmingham" backmark.  This button has a rich, uncleaned, aged patina with a backmark crisp enough to read from four feet away.  "S. Buckley" Confederate Officer buttons are highly sought after, and this is a beauty.--$650.

  197. Super scarce, huge 26 mm, coat size, Confederate Staff Officer button with "CSA" in the shield, near 100% bright gold gilt, and rare "Courtney & Tennent" backmark.  This button is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful of all Confederate uniform buttons.  This is CS1A1 in Albert, and I do not believe it possible to find a more beautiful and perfect example.--$1,950.

  198. Very nice condition, regulation issue, large oval, arrow hook pattern, US waist buckle on original issue black leather belt.  The belt remains in nice condition with an inspector's cartouche and brass adjustor still intact.  The original percussion cap box remains on the belt and still has the nipple pick inside.  Also on the belt is a nice condition, .58 cal., Springfield or contract, triangular socket bayonet in original leather scabbard.  This belt rig is nicer than most that you see on display in the museums.--$1,150.

  199. Absolutely beautiful condition, non-excavated, 23 MM, coat size, CS55A.  This is a beautiful, gilted, Confederate Navy with 100% bright gold gilt and backmarked, "Courtney & Tennent/S. C/Charleston".  This is one that you will never need to upgrade.--$1,450.

  200. Just in, and purchased directly from the family  - Smoking nice Confederate Cavalry estate belonging to Daniel Francis Taylor of Wayne County Mississippi.  Wayne County is located just North of Mobile , Alabama.  In this estate is a drop dead beautiful Atlanta style rectangle C.S.A. waist belt buckle on the original brown pig-skin belt.  The buckle has a rich aged patina, and wide tooth file marks all the way around it.  There is a fully cased, crystal clear 1/6th plate tintype of Daniel pictured holding his unstopped fuller "Dog River" Confederate Cavalry Saber.  The actual "Dog River Factory" was nearly within walking distance of his home !!!  In the image Daniel is wearing a Model 1851 Federal Cavalry Sword Belt rig which is also still with the estate.  His brass cased compass is with the estate, and still works perfectly.  There are two additional photographs in the estate.  One is an ambrotype of his Dad, and the other image is an ambrotype of a young lady and a wedding ring is with it.  I feel sure that is his wife.  There is also a bullet mold, and a powder horn that are attributed on a tag to being his.  Forty years ago I used to have family groupings like this brought in quite often, but that era is "Gone With The Wind" - and it is a once in a year or more thing anymore to get a really nice Confederate estate like this.  You are not going to see a nicer thick Atlanta style C.S.A. on pigskin than this one.--$7,850. For The Entire Estate.SOLD

  201. Beautiful photographic estate of Lt. Dan McConnell of the 99th Ohio Volunteer Infantry.  In this grouping is a crystal clear, fully cased, 1/6th plate tintype of Lt. McConnell.  This is a bust view, seated waist up, showing his frock coat, shoulder straps, and kepi with French Horn Infantry hat insignia.  Together with excellent military photograph of Lt. McConnell, there is additionally a fully cased 1/9th plate ambrotype of Lt. McConnell in civilian clothing.  In addition to these pictures is a half-cased ambrotype of Lt. McConnell in civilian clothing with his wife.  Also, there is a 1/6th plate ambrotype of Lt. McConnell's mother in a half-case.  In addition, there is a 1/9th plate ambrotype of a baby which we assume to be his child.  The 99th Ohio served all through Tennessee being at Stones River, Chickamauga, the drive toward Atlanta, and the Battles of Franklin and Nashville.  I purchased this group directly out of the family just days ago.--$495. for the entire five photograph estate.

  202. Nice condition, Model 1863, .58 cal., Federal cartridge box complete with over-the-shoulder sling and breast plate.  The leather remains pliable and is easily strong enough to go on a mannequin for display.  The cartridge box has the embossed US oval with both tins intact inside and closure tab intact on the base.  This example is nicer than most that you see in museums.  It was purchased out of a Central Ohio estate sale many years ago.--$950.

  203. Nice condition, large size, arrow hook pattern, US oval waist belt plate on original black leather waist belt with brass adjustor remaining intact as well as an original leather percussion cap box marked, "C. S. Storms - Maker NY".  The cap box remains pliable and still has some original percussion caps inside.  This belt rig came out of a Central Ohio estate sale several years ago.--$695.

  204. Extremely rare, Confederate carbine cartridge box created by hand altering a standard Model 1855 Federal musket cartridge box into a CS carbine box complete with wooden block.  It is easy to see the Southern alterations that were made in order to convert the cartridge box from a standard .58 cal. musket cartridge box to a much smaller carbine cartridge box with the wooden block.  This is out of the local area, and the family had relatives that served in the 8th and 13th Tennessee Volunteer Cavalry CSA.  This will make an excellent addition to someone's Confederate Cavalry display.--$850.

  205. Beautiful rich aged patina on this Confederate carried import Model 1860 cavalry saber.  It is out of a Florida estate, and remains just as found.  There are remnants of the heavy single strand copper wire on the grip typical of CS carried sabers.  You can sure enough hear Dixie when you hold this old warrior !!!--$595.

  206. Beautiful condition, coat size, Confederate Block "R" (Rifleman).  This button is in virtually mint condition with 100% bright gold gilt and a perfect reverse with "H.T. &B. - Manchester".  I don't think you could hope to find a more flawless example for your collection.(CW)--$650.

  207. Very attractive Model 1851 "Script NY" sword belt plate on original black leather waist belt.  This is the early pattern Script NY with the very narrow tongue.  The belt is complete and remains pliable with only one weak spot that has been supported from the reverse for strength.  The plate has a rich aged patina and is one that you do not encounter very often.--$1,295.

  208. Just brought in by a local family, and is 100% untouched.  This is a very nice hand-me-down Confederate local made "CS DOG RIVER" Cavalry saber and scabbard.  The blade has a pretty gently greying aged patina, and the brass guard has a thick - never touched - brown patina.  The grip is down to the wood with only a few fragments of the leather and single strands of iron wire.  The scabbard is a classic lap seamed - brass mounted CS made scabbard.  This is a very nice, straight out of the Southern estate and untouched for the last 150 years, Confederate manufactured, "Dog River" CS Cavalry saber and scabbard.--$3,850.

  209. Beautiful condition, Model 1839, small single-hook, US oval waist belt on original white buff leather belt.  Both belt and buckle remain in excellent condition, and there is a soldier's name stenciled into the back of the belt.  The only problem is the soldier had the stencil upside down which caused the stenciled name to be in reverse.  The name appears to be "R. L. Eshbaugh" (by reading it in the mirror).  You couldn't ask for a nicer Model 1839 belt rig.--$695.

  210. Very rare excavated wreath portion of an early pattern Western Theater "Coin Type" C.S. 2-Piece sword belt plate.  This was recovered from Polk's Corp 1863 Winter/Spring camps located along Duck River near Shelbyville, TN.  If you have an early pattern Coin Type C.S. tongue - Here is your chance to complete one VERY RARE C.S. Plate.  I have a complete one in my collection that I dug in the same camp !!--$1,250.

  211. REALLY NICE, Civil War Era, "Philopena Album" which is, in redneck terms, a "Civil War Era Autograph Album".  The album belonged to a young lady named, Sallie "Pierse" (?).  The autograph book runs through a good many years ranging from pre-Civil War to during the Civil War (with a few soldier's entries), and continues on to the post-Civil War years.  The book remains in nice condition with some poetry and artwork as well as autographs and well wishes.  Two of the soldier's entries are from the 7th Ohio Volunteer Cavalry.  There are many hours of fun reading and research to be had with this artifact.--$375.

  212. Beautiful, near mint condition, complete deck of "Great Mogul" Civil War playing cards.  This is the red deck.  This deck remains in the original wrapper, and the tape seal has never even been broken.  This will be a museum quality addition to someone's Civil War collection.--$395.

  213. Absolutely beautiful Revolutionary War era "Cheesebox" canteen.  The canteen remains in excellent condition, and has several sets of soldier initials on it.  One initial set is with the date "1800", and a second set of initials is with a date of 1804.  There is faint remnants of an old museum tag that says something to the effect of "Revolutionary War canteen carried in the Civil War and picked up at Shiloh".  This canteen has been in a private Arkansas Museum for the past 30 years or so.  This is a mighty fine artifact.--$850.

  214. Absolutely beautiful condition, non-excavated, Confederate coat size stippled block "A" button.  This is a CS101A with "H. T. & B. Manchester" backmark.  The button has a rich, aged patina, crisp backmark, and shank intact on the reverse.--$425.

  215. Absolutely SMOKINGLY BEAUTIFUL excavated GILTED coat size Confederate 23mm "CS-7" Staff Officer's button.  This is a truly fantastic button with a "W. Dowler/Superior Quality" backmark.  It has the shank intact, and was recovered many years ago from a Confederate camp near Fairfax, VA.  In an entire Relic Hunting career, you will be able to count on your fingers the number of Confederate buttons that you recover this nice.--$875.

  216. Nice condition, 1/6th plate, fully cased tintype of two Federal Cavalrymen seated with their Cavalry sabers over their shoulders and a Colt revolver stuck behind each of their Model 1851 sword belt rigs.  The cast brass, Model 1851, Eagle sword belt plate is clearly visible on each soldier.  This image is housed in an excellent condition gutta percha "Union Case" with the Constitution and an Eagle beautifully molded into the face of the case.  This is an excellent multi-subject, both DOUBLE armed, Civil War image in a perfect condition CONSTITUTION patriotic case.  Very rare to find.--$795.

  217. Very nice condition, .52 cal. rim fire, Joslyn Model 1864, single-shot cartridge carbine.  This carbine is serial number 5536 and has crisp action with some traces of original color.  The Joslyn carbine were used by the 4th and 8th Indiana Cavalry, 19th New York Cavalry, 13th Tennessee Cavalry, 9th Pennsylvania Cavalry, 3rd West Virginia Cavalry, 2nd Wisconsin, 1st Nebraska Cavalry, and 11th Ohio Cavalry.  This is a nice quality carbine that could literally still be fired today.--$1,650.

  218. Extremely rare to find, a non-excavated, coat size, NC8, Confederate local manufactured, North Carolina State Seal.  The face has over 90% bright gold gilt, and the reverse is perfect with depressed channel and shank intact.--$695.

  219. Very attractive Civil War era .9 mm Belgian made 6 - shot pinfire revolver.  This revolver is out of a local family that had several members that served in the Confederate Cavalry.  Even CS General "Stonewall Jackson" had a Pinfire Revolver much like this one.  The revolver's action still functions nicely, and the lanyard ring, and the ejector rod still remain intact.  The cartridge loading door is not present and appears to have been gone a very long time.  We are including an original pinfire cartridge to display with the revolver, but it is the next size up to eliminate the possibility of a child chambering the cartridge.--$650.

  220. Very pretty condition, .50 cal., percussion, breach loader, single-shot, Smith carbine.  This carbine remains in very nice condition with crisp rifling and a little bluing remaining in recessed areas.  The stock remains in nice condition with an easily visible Federal inspector cartouche.  This carbine would be a very nice addition to any Civil War collection.--$1,650.SOLD

  221. Very nice condition, early war pattern, arrow hook, lead-filled, large size US oval waist belt plate on original issue Civil War black leather belt.  This belt is fresh out of a central Ohio estate sale.--$550.

  222. Beautiful excavated large size oval "VMM" (Volunteer Maine Militia) cartridge boxplate.  This plate was recovered about 40 years ago on private property near Port Hudson, LA.  The face has a slick chocolate brown patina and sharp, crisp letters and the plate has literally never even been rinsed off.  The plate is the pattern ""VMM" with very little lead in the back - Actually just barely enough to keep the wire loops in place.  Rusty residue of the wire loops still remains.  This is one of the prettiest "VMM"s from that area that I have seen.--$1,150.

  223. Very pretty condition, Model 1861, US Navy rifle saber bayonet.  This style saber pattern bayonet was made for the Model 1861 Plymouth Navy rifle.  This example has a bright, clean blade marked, "Collins & Co- Hartford, Conn."  The cast brass guard remains in perfect condition with the attaching spring intact and strong.  The saber bayonet remains in its original leather scabbard, and we have added a reproduction leather carrying frog for display.  If you have a Model 1861 Plymouth Navy rifle, this would make a fantastic compliment to complete your musket display.--$650.

  224. Nice condition, Model 1864, .58 cal., Federal cartridge box.  This cartridge box has the embossed US oval on the flap, but during the Civil War Era had a standard US oval cartridge box plate attached over the embossed US mark.  The box is maker marked, "W. H. Wilkinson Maker - Springfield Mass."  This cartridge box has no flaking at all and remains quite pliable with both iron roller buckles intact as well as both belt loops, the leather closure tab, and both cartridge tins intact inside.  This is a really nice Civil War Federal cartridge box.--$595.

  225. Nice, clean, Model 1850, Foot Officer's sword (without scabbard) out of a Central Ohio estate.  The blade remains clean with clearly visible engraving from top to bottom.  The brass guard remains in very nice condition with rich, aged patina and gold gilt showing through in areas.  The grip has original sharkskin and some of the original wire.  The sword shows honest wear and no doubt saw action.--$595.

  226. Very pretty condition, Model 1840, NCO (Non-commissioned Officer) sword and scabbard.  The sword blade remains bright and clean with a crisp "Ames Mfg. Co. - 1864 - ADK - US" blade marking.  The cast brass guard remains in perfect condition.  The sword remains in its original leather scabbard, and the scabbard is complete but does have an old repair to a weak area a few inches above the brass drag.  This Model 1840 NCO sword and scabbard is definitely nicer than most that you see.--$695.

  227. Very pretty condition, Model 1840, Federal Light Artillery saber and scabbard.  The saber itself has a bright, clean blade, marked, "Ames - Chicopee Mass - 1854".  The saber retains original wrap and wire on the grip, and the classic cast "D-guard" has a rich, never cleaned, aged patina.  I believe the saber was likely at one time on display in a "GAR" post, as the scabbard is lightly nickel plated, which many GAR posts did so that very little cleaning and maintenance was required.  If a person so desires, the nickel plating can be removed.  This is a nice quality Federal Artillery saber.--$895.

  228. Just brought in - A very pretty condition, Model 1860, Federal Light Cavalry saber and scabbard.  This saber has a nice clean blade marked "1864 - US - C. ROBY".  The saber has original wrap and wire, and the cast brass guard has a nice uncleaned, aged patina.  The scabbard has an uncleaned brown/black patina with only a couple minor service dings.  The saber has the type aged look we all really like.--$895.

  229. I've just purchased 10,000 mixed excavated Civil War bullets.  Bag of 50 mixed dropped and fired U.S. and C.S. bullets (Aproximately 2/3 dropped and 1/3 fired) - each bag includes a variety of different type bullets at a low cost of $1.78 per bullet--$89. per bag.

  230. Very attractive, Model 1860, Light Cavalry saber and scabbard.  The blade has a gently aging, gray/brown patina with blade markings of, "Ames Mfg - Chicopee - 1863 - US - ADK" (Alias King).  The three-branch brass guard remains in very nice condition with original wrap and wire on the grip.  The iron scabbard has a deep, aged, chocolate brown patina with only one dent near the lower mount.  This saber shows wear evidence indicating quite a lot of use.--$895.

  231. Really nice reproduction US Model 1840 short Mountain Howitzer on a very nicely crafted white oak carriage.  The barrel is 33 inches in length with a bore of 2.5 inches.  The carriage is 80 inches tip to tip in length, 49 inches wide, and 43 inches high.  The owner has fired the cannon with powder and wadding only numerous times.  This will be a beautiful piece to display under a gazebo in front of an Antebellum home.--$7,500.  You pick it up here or we can likely arrange delivery for a fee.

  232. 40 volumes of UCV magazines nicely bound by the year and including 1893 - 1932 with 3 volumes of indexes.  I have found the Confederate Veterans magazines to be an excellent research source.  We are offering this complete set of bound UCV magazines for less than $19 per volume.--$750.

  233. Fresh in out of a local Confederate estate, this is a Model 1855, .58 cal., Maynard primed, percussion "pistol - carbine" made only between 1855 and 1857 by the Springfield Armory with a total production of only 4,021.  Almost every one of these that I have encountered over the years have had Confederate association.  This example shows good wear, but remains in very decent displayable condition.  When the pistol was brought into the shop, it was missing the front barrel band, and I was able to locate one that fits reasonably well.  With the massive pistol carbine, we are including an excavated Maynard door from this exact type pistol.  I recovered that door many years ago from the camp of the 8th Texas Cavalry located near Unionville, Tennessee.  This is a weapon that most museums do not even have an example of.--$1,650.

  234. Super, super rare and in beautiful condition, Model 1849, long barrel, Colt Pocket revolver with all matching serial numbers of 211975.  This revolver is inscribed to and was carried by Confederate General Thomas Benton Smith and what a story General T. B. Smith has to tell.  General Thomas Benton Smith was born near Mechanicsville, Tennessee, and grew up on a farm near Triune, Tennessee.  General Smith was widely known in the area as being incredibly, intellectually gifted.  By age 15, General Smith had been given a patent on a locomotive "cow-catcher" and appeared to be headed toward a lucrative career in railroading.  When the Civil War came, young Thomas Benton Smith was enrolled in the prestigious Nashville Military College in Nashville, Tennessee.  Upon the outbreak of the Civil War, Thomas Benton Smith would raise the unit that eventually became known as Co. B of the 20th Tennessee Infantry under the command of Col. Joel A. Battle.  At Shiloh, the regiment suffered over 50% casualties including the capture and imprisonment of the regiment's Colonel, Joel A. Battle.  Upon reorganization, a month after the battle, his fellow soldiers elected Thomas Benton Smith as their new Colonel.  As Colonel of the 20th Tennessee, he led them at Murfreesboro where he was shot through both the breast and left arm.  Over the coming months, Col. Smith recovered, and at Chickamauga, Col Smith was again wounded.  At Missionary Ridge, the brigade commander, Col. Tyler was wounded, and Col. Thomas Benton Smith was assigned command of the entire brigade.  Through the fighting toward Atlanta, Col. Thomas Benton Smith was so impressive that, on July 29, 1864, while in front of Atlanta, he received his commission as Brigadier General CSA.  At this point, he was the youngest Brigadier General in the Army of Tennessee.  On December 16, 1864, on the apex of Shy's Hill at the Battle of Nashville, stood the tattered remnants of the 20th Tennessee Volunteer Infantry.  At approximately 4:00 pm, on December 16, 1864, the Federal Infantry overran the Confederate lines on Shy's Hill at the Battle of Nashville.  General Thomas Benton Smith had been ordered by Confederate General William B. Bate to "hold the line at all hazards".  General Thomas Benton Smith and a small squad of his soldiers fought until they were totally surrounded, and at the bitter end, held a white handkerchief over his head surrendering himself and his few remaining men.  General Thomas Benton Smith was approached by Col. William Linn McMillan who appeared to be inebriated and began to curse and berate Gen. Smith.  All witnesses stated that General Smith's simple response to Col. McMillan was to state that, "I am a disarmed captured prisoner."  Col. McMillan was so enraged that, according to witnesses, he appeared temporarily insane.  The Colonel became so enraged that he drew his saber and struck General Thomas Benton Smith three times over the head, each blow cutting through Gen. Smith's hat and crashing into his skull.  Shocked by the action of their own officer, nearby Federals rushed General Smith to a field hospital where the attending surgeon examined the wound and remarked, "Well, sir, you are near the end of your battles, for I can see the brain oozing through the gap in your skull."  Much to everyone's surprise, the boy General, Thomas Benton Smith, would survive these horrific blows.  Unfortunately, in a short time following the war, General Thomas Benton Smith had to be admitted to the Tennessee State Asylum, also known as the Tennessee Central State Psychiatric Hospital.  On some days, General Smith appeared near normal while on other days he was ordering his troops forward.  Many more years passed until, on May 21, 1923, General Thomas Benton Smith was released from his earthly bondage.  His grave rests with his former comrades in the Confederate Circle of Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Nashville, Tennessee.  By all measures, Confederate General Thomas Benton Smith was a hero in every regard, and whoever becomes caretaker of his Colt revolver should treasure it and preserve and protect it.  This artifact is nothing less than an Absolute Civil War Southern Treasure.--$28,500.SOLD

  235. Very nice condition, 1st Model, Smith & Wesson 7-shot, .22 cal. revolver.  This revolver is serial number 64552 and is early Civil War production.  The "Smith & Wesson Springfield, Mass" marking on the barrel remains deep and crisp.  This little revolver has 90% silver wash intact and would be a very nice addition to any Civil War display.  They were very popular with officers in that they fired pre-manufactured, fixed ammunition.--$850.

  236. Quite rare to find, complete set of Civil War brown leather saddle bags.  These saddlebags came out of a local Middle Tennessee estate and were very likely Confederate used.  They will make a fine addition to any Cavalry display.--$895.

  237. Beautiful condition, excavated, coat size, solid cast, "CSA" uniform button.  This extremely rare, solid cast CSA was recovered form General Longstreet's camp near Knoxville, Tennessee.  This camp was occupied following the Battle of Chickamauga.  The button has a very pretty, uncleaned, brown/green patina with the shank perfectly intact on the reverse.--$695.

  238. Extremely rare to recover, massive 14 inch Confederate bowie knife blade recovered from the camp of the 8th Texas Cavalry.  This bowie knife was made from a huge rasp, and you can still see remnants of some of the rasp teeth in areas.  Apparently the Texas guys were much like Crocodile Dundee, "No, this is a knife."  This will be a fine addition to any excavated Confederate weapons display.--$750.

  239. Super rare, one of less than five known, excavated, kepi size, Confederate manuscript "A" button.  This beautiful button was recovered near Savannah, Georgia.  The button has a backmark, but is so tiny that I am not sure what it is, but my best guess is "Super Fine".  They just don't get nicer or rarer than this little gem.--$1,250.

  240. Extremely rare, 100% gold gilted, Confederate Staff Officer CS36A1.  I don't see how this button could possibly be any nicer.  The face is flawless with 100% bright gold gilt, and the reverse remains perfect as well and is marked, "H. T. & B. Manchester".  This is a Confederate button that you will NEVER, EVER need to upgrade.--$1,150.

  241. Extremely rare, non-excavated, coat size, Charlotte Military Institute, Charlotte, North Carolina button.  This is "SU 55" in Albert and has a RMDC backmark of "Scovill Mfg Co/Waterbury".  This is an extremely rare Confederate used North Carolina Civil War button to come by in non-dug state with 90% bright gold gilt.  I do not recall ever having one of these non-dug before.(CW)--$795.

  242. Extremely RARE non-excavated CS107A3 - Confederate Coat Size non-excavated Script "A".  This button does actually show field use.--$795.

  243. Beautiful condition, excavated, coat size, Mississippi "Militia" button.  This is an MP5A with the plain star and the word "Mississippi" perimetering the outside edge.  I personally recovered this button about 40 years ago from a Mississippi campsite located near Tullahoma, Tennessee.  This button remains absolutely solid as a rock.--$850.

  244. Model 1851, Federal Officer's cast brass Eagle sword belt plate with integrally cast wreaths on its original leather belt.  The belt remains pliable with no breaks or weak spots.  The cast brass Eagle Officer's buckle has a very nice, uncleaned, aged brown patina and would make a very nice addition to any Civil War display.--$650.

  245. Super rare, original die - counter die - and cut out die for the scarcest Sheridan Cavalry Corps badge.  These items have been in an old New England collection for many, many years.  They were originally purchased from Bannermann's Island, and I was able to purchase them as part of settling the estate.  I really don't have a clue how to price this, as in over 50 years - I have never seen one of these offered for sale.  SO -- I am just going to take a guess, and this price very well may be less than 50% of this group's actual value.--$1,500.

  246. Confederate tin drum canteen with original linen strap.  The canteen measures 6 3/4 inches by 2 inches.  It has all three sling strap holders intact as well as the tin spout and cork stopper.  There appears to be some soldier initials in old brown ink on the linen sling.--$795.

  247. Very attractive, excavated, large oval, lead-filled, "SNY" (State of New York) waist belt plate.  This buckle was recovered over 30 years ago from private property near Cold Harbor, Virginia.  It has a smooth, chocolate brown patina on the face with full lead and all three hooks present on the reverse.  This plate would make an excellent addition to any collection.--$895.

  248. Very attractive, Model 1864, .58 cal., Federal cartridge box with embossed US on the outside flap.  This cartridge box remains complete and pliable with both cartridge tins remaining intact inside.  With this cartridge box is an over-the-shoulder leather sling that was purchased and carried in 1963 for the 100 year anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg.  On the sling is a beautiful condition, original, circular, Federal Eagle breastplate.  This cartridge box and sling displays beautifully and at a very reasonable price.--$650.

  249. Regulation, black leather, Federal Civil War Enlistedman's US waist belt rig with original percussion cap box still intact.  The waist belt remains soft and pliable with no breaks or weak spots.  The buckle has a nice uncleaned, aged patina with all attaching hooks remaining intact.  Original Civil War percussion caps are still in the cap box.  Every Civil War collection should have a nice example of a typical Federal Enlistedman's waist belt rig.--$650.

  250. Very attractive, Federal enlistedman's regulation US oval waist beltrig with large size US buckle and percussion capbox with some original wool left inside.  The US buckle has a beautiful, rich, never cleaned, aged, bronze/brown patina and is the "arrow hook" variety.  This beltrig is out of a Central Illinois estate sale.--$595 complete.

  251. Quite scarce, Model 1839, small oval, US waist belt plate on original leather belt.  The original percussion cap box remains intact on the belt and still has percussion caps inside.  The belt is quite short and was probably a bit longer to begin with even for skinny Civil War soldiers.  You do not often see this small size, early model US oval on belt for sale.--$595.

  252. Regulation, black leather, Federal Civil War Enlistedman's US waist belt rig with original percussion cap box still intact.  The waist belt remains soft and pliable with no breaks or weak spots.  The buckle has a nice uncleaned, aged patina with all attaching hooks remaining intact.  Original Civil War percussion caps are still in the cap box.  Every Civil War collection should have a nice example of a typical Federal Enlistedman's waist belt rig.--$650.

  253. A few days ago - April 10th, 2017 - was one of life's very best days.  My 3rd granddaughter (Isabella Rose) was born to my younger daughter Savannah Cynthia and her husband Luke.  Isabella Rose was born at 1:10 p.m. weighing 7 lbs. 11 oz. and was 19 1/4" long.  She appears very healthy and has a head full of dark brown hair.  To me, she looks like a near exact duplicate of her older sister, Lila Magnolia.  The birth went perfectly, and we hope to have both coming home soon.  Lila is very proud of her new baby sister, and we hope that sentiment lasts.

  254. lilapic1.JPG (83855 bytes)lila2poppy.JPG (18033 bytes)lila3asleep.JPG (20264 bytes)lila5profpic.png (771077 bytes)lila5wrapped.jpeg (262144 bytes)lila4andmomhosp.JPG (141046 bytes)lila6reaction.JPG (23590 bytes)lila7goodmorning.jpg (65573 bytes)lila8happytues.jpg (59827 bytes)lili10pinksocks.JPG (26317 bytes)lila11withana.JPG (27622 bytes)lili12cheerldr.JPG (93658 bytes)savannahcheer.JPG (36520 bytes)lila13easterbunny.JPG (118941 bytes)lilasheep.JPG (27660 bytes)lilasthrnbell.JPG (28647 bytes)lilakitchen.jpg (37664 bytes)lilainstrawberries.JPG (702058 bytes) volcheerleader.JPG (647692 bytes)Meet "Lila Magnolia Blackwelder" !!!  She is my younger daughter - Savannah Cynthia and her husband - Luke Blackwelder's first child.  She was born December 4, 2013 at 3:25 pm weighing 7 pounds 4 ounces and was 19 3/4 inches long.  She was born with a head full of dark brown hair and a fine set of lungs.  She has a wonderful disposition, and loves to smile and giggle.  I plan to do my best to spoil her beyond belief !!!!

  255. annasoccer.JPG (39064 bytes)poppyana&rachJPG.JPG (253237 bytes)anastasiaschool.JPG (25834 bytes)larrya.jpg (610641 bytes)NEW PICTURE !!!  Guess who is celebrating 1 year old today ??  Yep -- "Lady A - Anastasia" .  I  just got back from Houston, TX. visiting my first "Grandchild - Lady-A" {Anastasia}.  She is an absolute little doll and has everyone wrapped around her tiny, little finger.  She has arrived at the conclusion - "If I'm awake, somebody best be holding me if you know what's good for you" -- {otherwise I'll give you the business} !!!  She and I have a lot in common -- Two of our favorite things on earth to do is "Eat and Sleep" !!!!  Jonathan {the pup} is a wonderful "Big Brother" -- As a matter of fact - He has a little sweater that has "Only Child" crossed out and "Big Brother" written beneath it.  She is something like 11 months old and already weighs 23 lbs. -- Texas thing I'm told !!!   {Make that "5 YEARS" old now !!!!}  WOW --- Time sure gets away !!!!  And now ANOTHER year !!!!   I'm getting SOOO old, but beats the alternative !!!

  256. forrestprint.JPG (71374 bytes)Beautiful and tough to come by 1973 print of General Nathan Bedford Forrest that was done by the Sons of Confederate Veterans over 30 years ago.  The print is BIG measuring 24 inches by 30 inches before framing and is absolutely breathtaking once it's matted and framed.  I seldom get these in anymore.--$89.

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