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  1. 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 !!!

  2. "GRIEF" IS THE PRICE WE MUST PAY FOR "LOVE" ---  QUEEN ELIZABETH II

  3. I LOVE SOME OF PRESIDENT LINCOLN'S ONE LINERS !!!  THE PRESIDENT WAS VISITING A WOUNDED UNION SOLDIER, AND A YOUNG LADY WALKED UP TO VISIT, AND ASKED THE SOLDIER WHERE HE WAS WOUNDED. -- SEEING THAT THE SOLDIER WAS HAVING TROUBLE ANSWERING - THE PRESIDENT SAID - "MADAME, THE BALL THAT STRUCK THIS YOUNG MAN WOULD HAVE TOTALLY MISSED YOU!!"

  4. 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."

  5. "LIFE" IS YOUR HAND OF POKER CARDS.  HOW "GOOD IT IS" DEPENDS ON HOW YOU CHOOSE TO PLAY YOUR CARDS, AND ON THE "LUCK OF YOUR DRAW" (WHO YOU CHOOSE TO MARRY) !!!

  6. DID YOU KNOW -- IN THE POPULAR AMUSEMENT PARK, "6 FLAGS" - ONE OF THE SIX FLAGS IS "THE FIRST NATIONAL FLAG OF THE CONFEDERACY".  THE "SIX FLAGS" REPRESENT ALL THE DIFFERENT FLAGS THAT THROUGHOUT HISTORY HAVE FLOWN OVER TEXAS.

  7. I JUST READ THIS AND IT MADE ME SMILE  !! TIME MAY BE "THE GREAT HEALER" BUT --"IT SUCKS AS A BEAUTICIAN !!!"

  8. One of my life-long relic hunting buddies, Wayne Jenkins, passed away a little over a year ago.  His grave marker is one like I have never seen before in that one of the pictures has Wayne relic hunting and also has the Confederate Flag.  I really like it a lot and wanted to share it with you all.  Rest in Peace, Wayne.

  9. 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.

  10. It is Youth Contest time again.  After a New Years break, we are beginning our 6th Youth Contest Relic Giveaway.  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 !!!

  11. 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 !!!

  12. 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.

  13. 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 !!!

  14. 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 !!!

  15. 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.)

  16. 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 !!

  17. 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 !!}

  18. 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!!!

  19. 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 !!!

  20. My apprentice, Tigger, is paying close attention to his musket lesson!!!

  21. This is what happens when two does have a disagreement on who has rights to the food block.  It may look like they are dancing, but they are not!!!

  22. 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 !!!

  23. Meet my future replacement already in training.  This is "Stonewall Jackson" Todd.  Jackson is the son of Jon and Amy Todd.  I knew Jon had a keeper in Amy when they came in the shop in hip waders having been "water relic hunting" that day.  Finding a girl who likes going relic hunting is tough enough, not to mention relic hunting in the water with all kinds of creatures.  Amy is nothing short of a sweetheart!!!

  24. Here is a picture of myself and my "little friend" Castibelle Schweinfurth and her mom at the Civil War Show in Mansfield, Ohio, in 2015, and here is a picture of Castibelle and me at the Civil War Show this past weekend "2021" in Mansfield, Ohio.  She is growing into quite the "living history" young lady.  She even recently had the honor of firing a real Civil War cannon.  She and I also share a love for home made ice cream, and we got us a couple of cones at the show.  She is a genuine treat to spend time with, and her parents are doing an incredible job exposing her to Civil War history!!!

  25. 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.

  26. Quite a few of you folks that were shop regulars, a few years back, will remember Lorenzo from his time apprenticing in the shop.  We are very proud of Lorenzo having just finished his final field training exercise.  We wish the very best for Lorenzo and think he looks every bit the part of PVT Lorenzo Grover-Rizzo, Cavalry Scout, US Army !!!  I'd say the physical training program is working QUITE WELL !!!  All that I can say is -- "Twin brother "Iniko" might better start hitting the gym !!!

  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, 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. Extremely rare Civil War medical apothecary saddle bags.  With these saddle bags are 19 original medication vials and several of the vials remain 1/2 to 3/4 full of medicine.  This set of Civil War apothecary saddle bags has been on display in a private Arkansas museum for many years.  Here is your chance to add a killer medical item to your display.--$1,250.

  35. Excavated, Confederate droop-wing Eagle Staff Officer button.  This is a CS26A and was recovered from the camp of Lucius Polk's Brigade, Army of Tennessee, located near Tullahoma, Tennessee.  When recovered, the button had been stepped on and cracked and is repaired to a stable state.  This was recovered many years ago by my old hunting buddy, Claiborne Lytle.--$95.

  36. Absolutely beautiful, excavated, large size, arrow-hook, US oval waist belt plate.  This was recovered about 40 years ago on private property among the limestone out-croppings here at the Battle of Stones River.  It was recovered by Wade Buchanan and was no doubt lost because the front hook broke.  Buckles this pretty just are not being recovered anymore.--$250.

  37. This is a perfect example of how Confederates had to "make-do" with what little they had.  This button was recovered from an 1862/1863 Army of Tennessee Confederate winter camp here in Middle Tennessee.  It is a smooth face, one piece brass coat button that originally had a shank on the reverse for sewing on.  The shank broke off, and the soldier needed to keep use of the button bad enough that he drilled four holes and made it a sew-on button.  Although this is a minor insignificant relic, it truly tells a story.--$20.

  38. Drop-dead beautiful condition, lead-filled, circular Eagle breast plate recovered about 45 years ago here at the Battle of Stones River.  This plate has nice detail and a smooth chocolate patina on the face and full, smooth lead on the reverse with both iron loops intact.  It has a W.H. Smith, Brooklyn backmark.  You couldn't hope to dig a nicer plate than this one.--$275.

  39. Nice condition, excavated, .56 cal., Spencer repeating rifle/carbine cartridge.  This cartridge was recovered from the position of Wilder's Lightning Brigade at Hoover's Gap, Tennessee.  This was the first engagement in our area that the Army of Tennessee Confederates encountered the Spencer repeater in quantity.  They nicknamed the weapon, "The Yankee's All Week Gun".  You load it on Sunday and shoot it all week.--$38.SOLD

  40. Excavated, complete, 12mm, French pinfire cartridge.  This was recovered from a Confederate Cavalry camp near Fairfield, Tennessee.--$25.SOLD

  41. Beautiful condition, excavated, extremely scarce, Lindner carbine projectile.  I recovered this projectile over 30 years ago from a US/CS Cavalry camp located near Huntersville, West Virginia.  This is the only site that I ever recovered Lindner carbine projectiles.  I was relic hunting with my old buddy Joe Hayworth at the time.--$45.

  42. Excellent condition excavated drop Confederate "Picket Bullet".  This was recovered from a n 1862/1863 Confederate Cavalry camp located near Fosterville, TN.--$28.

  43. Very pretty condition, Model 1840, "Old Wristbreaker" heavy Cavalry saber and scabbard.  This saber was just brought in out of a local family and would have been Confederate Cavalry carried.  General N. B. Forrest himself carried a Model 1840 Cavalry saber early in the Civil War as did many in his command.  This example has a smooth, clean blade just beginning to gray with age, original wrap and wire on the grip, and the three-branch brass guard remains in excellent condition.  The saber is in its original metal scabbard and only has a couple of service dings and is gently graying with age.  This was the most extensively used Cavalry saber in the Confederate Cavalry.  This is exactly the type saber that we have under General Forrest's portrait in our cabin on the mountain.  This saber remains in nicer condition than most that you will encounter.--$895.

  44. 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.

  45. Quite rare to come by, nice condition, original leather holster for a .44 cal. Colt Army revolver.  This holster does have some small age cracks but is far and away nicer than most you encounter.  The belt loop remains intact on the reverse as well as the closure tab and leather plug at the end of the holster.  It likely could not withstand being opened and closed too many times but will display very nicely as it is with Colt Army revolver.--$750.

  46. Nice condition, small leather regulation issue, Federal percussion cap pouch.  The pouch remains complete with both belt loops, closure tab, original nipple pick, and percussion caps still inside.  This would be an excellent compliment to display with your Civil War musket.--$195.

  47. Extremely rare, Confederate manufacture, "Double Tongue" waist belt.  This CS belt rig is out of the local Middle Tennessee area and was no doubt worn by an Army of Tennessee soldier.  The belt and buckles remain intact with two additional buckles for hanging equipment such as a canteen, bowie knife, etc.  It is a real rarity to find a Confederate belt rig of this type remaining all intact.--$950.

  48. Very nice condition, excavated, coat size, gilded, New York State Seal staff button.  This button was recovered many years ago from General Joseph Hooker's New York camps located near Tiftonia, Tennessee.  The button is solid as can be with 70% bright gold gilt and shank intact with a "Waterbury Button Co." backmark.--$45.

  49. Quite rare to recover, cast iron, Model 1855, Maynard tape primer door.  This was recovered from a Confederate camp located near Shelbyville, Tennessee.  We have it in a display case along with a .58 cal. musket ball.--$45.

  50. Excellent condition glazed clay pipe bowl recovered from a Confederate trash-pit located near Shelbyville, TN.--$48.

  51. Excavated "crossed cannons" Federal Artillery hat insignia.  This insignia was recovered almost 40 years ago from private property (King Farm) near the Federal Artillery position at McFadden Ford, Battle of Stones River.  The insignia has three of the four sections in perfect condition but is missing the breech section of one cannon.  This will be an easy repair once a section is located.  We have a paper copy of the missing piece in place just for display.--$95.

  52. Beautiful condition, excavated, one piece, cuff size, pre-Civil War Militia button.  This little button was recovered from a Confederate camp here in Middle Tennessee and still has gold gilt surrounding the Eagle.  It appears to date around 1820 and is in perfect condition except for missing the loop.--$45.

  53. 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.

  54. 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 (8)eight excellent condition, coat size, Civil War issue, Superior Quality, "C.S.A." uniform buttons.  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.--$6,850.

  55. Beautiful condition non-excavated cuff size GA. State Seal.  This is a War Date 15 mm example with "EXTRA QUALITY" backmark.--$150.

  56. Quite rare, smooth type, Model 1858, Federal canteen with the rare blue cover.  The cover has now faded to a "blue/gray", but you can definitely see it was originally blue.  The cover has wear on the side against the body.  The canteen is maker marked in the pewter spout "Rohrman - Philadelphia".  The original stopper and chain remain intact as well.  This canteen was purchased many years ago from an estate near Columbus, Ohio.  This would make an excellent addition to any Civil War display.--$295.

  57. Very pretty Model 1851 cast brass eagle sword belt plate on original black leather N.C.O. style belt.  This was just brought in yesterday out of the local area, and even though was Union ptoduction - was almost surely Confederate worn.  I have lots of pictures of Confederates wearing this style Model 1851 belt rig - especially Confederate Cavalry.--$650.

  58. Very nice condition, regulation, Model 1858, Federal 7-ring bulls eye canteen.  The canteen has a smooth, aged patina with no dents at all.  The pewter spout has a soldier's initials cut in.  The canteen also still has the original stopper and chain intact.  Every Civil War collection should have a nice canteen.--$195.

  59. Excavated, large size, lead-filled, US oval cartridge box plate.  This plate was recovered here at Stones River about 30 years ago by one of my early relic hunting buddies, Claiborne Lytle.  The plate has a smooth, brown patina on the face with a little calcium from the limestone rocks where it was found.  It has full lead in the reverse, but the two iron loops are rusted away with only iron stubs remaining.  The face is exceptionally pretty.--$175.

  60. 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.

  61. CS manufacture "Dog River" Confederate Cavalry saber.  This saber is out of a north Georgia estate and has a classic, unstopped fuller, hand forged, Confederate blade.  The guard is high copper content Confederate manufacture.  The leather on the grip has been professionally restored.  This was done without ever taking the sword apart.  This Confederate saber would be a fine addition to any museum or personal collection.--$2,250.

  62. Extremely rare, excavated, entire Model 1840 Heavy Cavalry saber.  This saber was recovered many years ago from the camp of the 1st Alabama Cavalry located near Middleton (currently Midland) that was raided and burned in March of 1863 by General David Stanley's Federal Cavalry.  This saber has the complete blade, pommel cap, and a portion of the brass guard.  Part of the guard was melted from the camp being burned.  This raid can be read about in Volume 23, Part I of the Official Records of the War of the Rebellion "Expedition to Middleton, Tennessee" (March 1863).--$595.

  63. Just in out of the local Middle Tennessee area, Model 1851, .36 cal., Colt Navy Model revolver.  This revolver has an all matching serial number of 138058 except for the wedge which has a differing earlier number.  Wedges were often lost and needed to be replaced.  138058 is spring of 1863 production.  This revolver came out of a local estate and is believed to have been carried by Captain W. P. Cherry, 44th Tennessee Volunteer Infantry.  Very faintly "44 TN" can be seen cut with a pen knife into the brass backstrap at the butt.  The revolver has a never cleaned, deep chocolate patina, good rifling, original grips, and still functions properly.  The .36 caliber, Model 1851, Colt Navy Model revolver was General N. B. Forrest's personal favorite weapon and is what he carried.  In General Forrest's last Will and Testament, he left his "trusty Colt Navy revolver" to his son and said, "This revolver has gotten me out of many a tight spot, and if ever you are in need of defense, I hope you will not hesitate to use it."  This revolver is an excellent piece of Southern Civil War history.--$2,250.

  64. Model 1858, smooth type, Federal canteen that was Confederate captured and carried.  The canteen does not have the standard Union cover, but instead has a Southern, homespun cover and also a hand-made stopper.  It is out of a Southern family here in Middle Tennessee.  The canteen's cover is worn through on the side that rubs the body when walking.--$425.

  65. Very pretty, excavated, Confederate large size "fork tongue frame", cast brass waist belt plate.  When found, this buckle had a broken bar across the middle, and that has been expertly repaired.  This was the camp of the 16th Alabama Infantry, and I recovered an identical fork tongue frame buckle about 50 feet from this one.--$575.

  66. Excavated, uncommon pattern, Model 1851, cast brass, Federal Eagle sword belt plate.  This is the style sword belt plate in which the rays go all the way around the buckle.  It was recovered many years ago from Camp Stanley here at Murfreesboro, Tennessee.  It has both the attaching hook and the belt loop remaining intact and has a bench mark number of 586 on the reverse side.--$350.

  67. Excavated, early pattern, lead-filled, large oval, puppy-paw hook, US waist belt plate.  This plate was recovered about 40 years ago on private property here at the Battle of Stones River.  It is becoming more and more difficult to recover belt plates this nice.--$325.

  68. 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.

  69. 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 is overall clean with just small areas beginning to darken with age.  Perfect if you have a .58 cal. musket needing a bayonet.--$195.

  70. Absolutely stunning condition, 19 mm, CS5, gilted Confederate Staff Officer button.  This button literally has 99% bright gold gilt with "Extra Rich Treble Gilt" backmark and shank intact.  You couldn't hope to find a nicer example.--$195.

  71. Beautiful condition, excavated, coat size, solid cast "CSA" uniform button.  This button was recovered many years ago on private property near Chickamauga, Georgia.  It has a smooth, brown/green patina with the shank intact.--$750.

  72. 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.

  73. 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.

  74. 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.

  75. 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.

  76. 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.

  77. 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.

  78. This is the "GENERAL INDEX" of the Official Records of the "War of the Rebellion".  It is the 1971 reprint by the National Historic Society.  I, personally, find this to be one of the more "research useful" books in the entire 128 vol. set.  It is hard to come by loose.--$45.

  79. 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.

  80. 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.

  81. Excavated, large size, lead-filled, US oval waist belt plate.  This plate originally had iron capped stud hooks, and the iron caps have decayed away.  This is a very pretty excavated early pattern US oval and was recovered many years ago on private property near Shiloh.--$295.

  82. Excavated, cuff size, Mississippi "I" (Infantry) button.  This button has a "Hyde & Goodrich - NO" backmark.  It is missing the shank which is no doubt why it was lost.  It has a smooth, chocolate brown patina and was recovered many years ago from camp Walthall, which was occupied in 1862 and located near Estill Springs, Tennessee.--$150.

  83. Excavated, coat size, Confederate block "A" (Artillery) uniform button.  This was recovered on private property from the 1863 Army of Tennessee Artillery camp located 4 miles out on Lewisburg Pike from Shelbyville, Tennessee.  This button is extra nice with a slick brown patina on the face and full iron reverse with shank remaining intact.--$165.

  84. Beautiful condition, excavated, cast brass, US regulation Cavalry rosette.  This was recovered many years ago from Camp Stanley here at Murfreesboro, Tennessee.  Camp Stanley was located along Lytle Creek and occupied during the spring of 1863.--$48.

  85. 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.

  86. Absolutely beautiful condition excavated large size Confederate "Forked Tongue" frame waist belt buckle.  This was recovered from the 1862 - 1863 camp of the 16th AL. INF. - C.S.A. located near "The Narrows" on Duck River near Shelbyville, TN.  The plate has a beautiful green patina, and hasn't even been washed off.  You just couldn't hope to dig a nicer one.--$895.

  87. 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.

  88. Rare pattern excavated coat size "Droop Wing Eagle" Confederate Staff Officer's Button.  This is a CS-41A with the eagle holding a circular laurel wreath in his left talon.  The button has a gilted depressed channel in the reverse, and the iron shank is rusted away.  It was recovered by my old relic hunting buddy, Wayne Jenkins, from the 1863 camp of the 1st AL. Cavalry located near Midland, TN.--$275.

  89. Very pretty, excavated, coat size, "V.M.I. Cadet".  This button was recovered many years ago from a Virginia Infantry camp in the Shenandoah Valley.  It has nice, gold gilt, a "Robinson" backmark, and shank intact.--$165.

  90. 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.

  91. 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.

  92. 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.

  93. A very pretty Texas Cavalry display consisting of a rare, stamped brass, lead-filled shield with star Martingale and a super rare, excavated, pewter Texas produced Cavalry saddle corner device.  Both artifacts remain in excellent condition.--$750. for the entire display.

  94. Excavated, coat size, Droop Wing Eagle, Confederate Staff Officer's button.  This button has a smooth, chocolate patina with good detail but does have one very minor age crack.  The reverse is a depressed channel Confederate local with large iron shank remaining perfectly intact.--$195.

  95. Excavated, coat size, Confederate local, two-piece "I" (Infantry) button.  This button was recovered from General Hardee's Army of Tennessee spring of 1863 camps located near Tullahoma, Tennessee.  The iron reverse was rusty and weak and has been reinforced and stabilized to last.--$95.

  96. Rebel cigarette lighter in its original small cloth container.  This lighter pictures a Rebel Soldier on one side and the Confederate Battle Flag on the reverse side.  When you wind it up, it plays Dixie while it is lighting your cigarette or cigar.-$65.

  97. Very nice condition Confederate $5 note dated February 17, 1864, and picturing the State House in Richmond, Virginia, as well as President Jefferson Davis on the lower right corner.  The note is serial number 88066 and has nice color and strong edges showing only light circulation.--$89.

  98. 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.

  99. 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.

  100. 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.

  101. 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.

  102. 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.

  103. Absolutely beautiful condition, excavated, coat size, "Kent Paine" Virginia State Seal.  This button was recovered over 40 years ago from the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia and has 80% - 90% bright gold gilt, shank intact, and "Kent Paine Richmond" backmark.  You could not hope to dig a more beautiful button than this one is.--$375.

  104. 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.

  105. Excavated coat size MISSISSIPPI "I" recovered many years ago by Wayne Jenkins from 1862 "Camp Walthall" (Mississippi Brigade camp located near Estil Springs, TN.)  The button has a smooth chocolate brown patina with gold in the "I".  The reverse has a "HYDE and GOODRICH - NEW ORLEANS" backmark.  There is a slight press in the center of the star, but still displays nicely.--$275.

  106. Absolutely drop-dead beautiful condition, excavated, cuff size, Virginia State Seal 3-piece staff.  This button was recovered about 40 years ago from a Virginia camp in the Shenandoah Valley by Ed Heck.  The button has excellent detail and 80% - 90% bright gold gilt and is the highly sought after, "Mitchell Tyler Richmond" backmark, and the shank remains perfectly intact.--$250.

  107. Extremely rare, 1863 date Civil War token for a War Claims Agent.  This token is marked, "C. G. Bruce, Authorized War Claim Agent, 1863, Cleveland O.", and on the reverse, "$100 Bounty, Pensions, Back pay, and Etc. Collected and Cashed".  A small hole is drilled for wear on a chain for a soldier to have for future reference.  In over 50 years in the business, I have had less than ten of these, and this is the only one I have ever had from the State of Ohio.--$175.

  108. Tiny folding silver "book" that has two gem size images inside.  I believe both images to be of Civil War Generals, and although they have a familiar look, I cannot place their name.  A little help would sure be appreciated.  The small case itself appears to be solid silver.--$195.

  109. Excavated, large coat size, Federal Cavalry Officer's button.  This button was recovered on private property here at Stones River about 40 years ago by one of my old hunting partners, Claiborne Lytle.  It has a smooth, chocolate brown patina with gold gilt surrounding the Eagle and in the shield around the "C".  The reverse is backmarked, "Extra Quality", and the shank remains intact.--$69.

  110. Absolutely beautiful, excavated, 1-piece, 1820 - 1840 era, coat size Militia Officer's button.  This button was recovered from a spring of 1863 Confederate camp along Duck River near Shelbyville, Tennessee.  It has 90% bright silver on the face and is backmarked, "Superior Strong Plated" on the reverse with shank intact.  This is a beautiful excavated button.--$79.

  111. Nice condition, "hand-me-down", 1864 date copper 2 cent piece.  This was found while clearing a local estate and brought in.  It will be a very nice addition to someone's Civil War display.--$35.

  112. Quite rare excavated set of Colt Revolving Rifle Projectiles.  One is the normal .56 cal. Colt Revolving Rifle, and one is the extremely rare .50 cal. Colt Revolving Rifle.  The small caliber is a Sporting Model, and was found in a Confederate Cavalry camp here.  It is my understanding that they were used in Southern Fox Hunting, and carried over to the Southern Cavalry (much like the small caliber Maynards were).  I have only recovered 2 of these small cal. Colt Revolving projectiles in 50 years hunting.--$48. for the set

  113. Beautiful condition, non-excavated, early pattern "puppy-paw" hook style, large, lead-filled, US oval waist belt plate.  This plate is perfect with nice bronze patina on the face, full lead, and all hooks intact.--$325.

  114. Beautiful condition, non-excavated, coat size, 3-piece Mobile Cadet uniform button.  This button has near 100% bright gold gilt and is backmarked, "Scovill Mfg Co/Waterbury".  This button is believed to date around 1871, because that is when the Mobile Cadets were reconstituted after Alabama was readmitted into the Union.  The button has a wide lock ring indicating it was likely manufactured after the Civil War rather than before.  There are, however, collectors who believe this button to possibly date Civil War Era.--$95.

  115. Very attractive cased display containing an excavated, Colt revolver gun tool along with four different varieties of excavated Colt projectiles.  This entire display was recovered from N. B. Forrest's 1863 Confederate Cavalry camp located near Spring Hill, Tennessee.--$69.

  116. 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.

  117. Beautiful condition Model 1858 smooth type Civil War era Federal Canteen complete with original wool cover - sling - and stopper with chain.  This canteen is nothing less than museum quality, and was actually in a museum for many years.  Every quality Civil War collection will have a nice Model 1858 regulation issue canteen.--$450.

  118. Excellent condition, non-excavated, coat size Georgia State Seal Civil War Confederate button.  This button came out of a North Georgia estate and has nice, crisp detail and is backmarked, "Horstmann & Alien".  The shank remains intact and straight.--$250

  119. Excavated, coat size, Confederate "Pelican Feeding the Young" uniform button.  This button was recovered by my good buddy, Wayne Jenkins, from one of General Hardee's 1863 winter camps located near Tullahoma, Tennessee.  The face has a small push, but you can still clearly see the Pelican feeding the young.  This is a Confederate button that you don't often recover anymore.--$150.

  120. Absolutely beautiful condition, excavated, solid cast brass, coat size "CSA" uniform button.  This exceptional button was recovered in 1979 from a Confederate camp near Drury's Bluff, Virginia.  This button has never even been washed off and has an excellent brown/green woods patina throughout.  This is a CS86D in Albert.--$650.

  121. Absolutely mint perfect beautiful condition, excavated, coat size, 2-piece "CSA" uniform button.  This is a CS81A with the "S. Buckley & Co/Birmingham" backmark.  This button was recovered in 1979 from Drury's Bluff, Virginia.  You could not ask for a more drop-dead perfect example and hasn't even been washed off.--$650.

  122. Excavated SUPER RARE CS17 one piece coat size Confederate Officer's button WITH "CS" IN THE SHIELD.  This is a $2,000. plus button when recovered in nice complete condition.  This example was recovered from a Confederate camp in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.  It had apparently been stepped on, and broken many, many years ago.  Fortunately, what remains has the "CS IN SHIELD" intact !!  (AND YOU CAN READ THE CS FROM 3 FEET AWAY !!)  We are pricing this button where even a beginner collector can have a "CS" marked item in their collection.--$295.

  123. 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.

  124. Quite RARE Model 1819 .54 cal Flintlock single shot horse pistol originally manufactured by Simon North of Middletown, Conn. and dated "1822".  At the beginning of the Civil War Baker of Fayetteville, N.C. converted a good number of these to percussion using a distinctive "S" shaped Fowling hammer and a "drum bolster" and issued these to early war Confederate troops.  This is a classic Confederate modified and issued weapon.  It is missing the pivoting ramrod which is quite common.  I have personally encountered several with hand made wooden ramrods.  Here is a very nice and reasonably priced weapon with a well documented Southern origin.--$1,250.

  125. 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.

  126. Unusual, excavated, cast pewter "star" button.  This button was recovered from the camp of Wharton's 8th Texas Cavalry that was occupied during 1862/1863.--$35.

  127. 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.

  128. 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.

  129. 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.

  130. 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.

  131. Very pretty Federal Model 1832 Short Artillery (Roman Style) Sword and Scabbard.  This sword has a nice clean blade, and is marked "1836 - N. P. Ames - Springfield - United States - and T.W."  The massive cast brass guard has a pleasing aged bronze patina.  It is a rarity to find one of these with its original leather scabbard.  This original scabbard is complete with brass top and bottom mounts intact.  The scabbard's only negative is that the seam has opened up in one area, but the scabbard remains complete with no breaks at all.  This is a tough Civil War Sword To Come By with a complete original scabbard.--$975.

  132. 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.

  133. Very nice condition, large size, arrow hook pattern, US oval waist belt plate on an exceptionally nice, brown buff, US leather waist belt.  This belt and buckle literally remain in nice enough condition to put on and wear.  It will be an excellent addition to any Civil War display.--$650.

  134. 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.

  135. 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.

  136. 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.

  137. 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.

  138. Excellent condition, excavated, Confederate, large size, cast brass "forked tongue" or "wishbone" CS Enlistedman's waist belt buckle.  This buckle was recovered about 30 years ago from Polk's Corp, Army of Tennessee Confederate camps located along Duck River near Shelbyville, Tennessee, in 1863.  It has an excellent, never cleaned, brown/green patina.--$895.

  139. Extremely rare, 1/6th plate, ruby ambrotype of an armed Confederate soldier.  This image came out of a local Tennessee estate, and the soldier is holding a Colt Pocket Model revolver across his chest.  He is wearing an early war "roller buckle" style Confederate belt rig.  There is writing done with a pin knife in the upper left corner of the image.  It appears to likely be a name, but we are unable to decipher it.  This would be a fine Confederate image to add to any CS image collection.--$1,250.

  140. 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.

  141. 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.

  142. 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.

  143. 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.

  144. 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.

  145. 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.

  146. 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.

  147. 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.

  148. 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.

  149. 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.--$3,250.

  150. 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.

  151. 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.

  152. Quite rare, excavated, wreath half of a Confederate local Georgia State Seal two-piece sword belt plate.  This wreath was recovered from the camp of the 1st Georgia Cavalry CSA located just south of Hoovers Gap, Tennessee, in 1863.  The wreath remains in very nice condition and would be perfect to complete the crude Georgia local two-piece sword belt plate if you happen to have a Georgia State Seal tongue.--$850.

  153. 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

  154. 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.

  155. 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.

  156. Absolutely mint perfect beautiful condition, excavated, coat size, 2-piece "CSA" uniform button.  This is a CS81A with the "S. Buckley & Co/Birmingham" backmark.  This button was recovered in 1979 from Drury's Bluff, Virginia.  You could not ask for a more drop-dead perfect example and hasn't even been washed off.--$650.

  157. Absolutely beautiful condition, excavated, solid cast brass, coat size "CSA" uniform button.  This exceptional button was recovered in 1979 from a Confederate camp near Drury's Bluff, Virginia.  This button has never even been washed off and has an excellent brown/green woods patina throughout.  This is a CS86D in Albert.--$650.

  158. Very nice condition, excavated, coat size, Albert CS17, one-piece, Confederate Staff Officer with "CS" in the shield.  This beautiful button was recovered many years ago in a Confederate camp near Fredericksburg, Virginia.  It has nice, crisp detail and a smooth, chocolate brown patina, and the shank remains perfectly intact on the reverse.  This button was recovered over 30 years ago and ranks among the rarest to find.--$1,150.

  159. 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.

  160. 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.

  161. Absolutely massive "Bad To The Bone" Confederate blacksmith hand crafted bowie out of a North Carolina estate many years ago.  This wicked weapon measures a full 19 inches overall with a spear shaped blade measuring just over 12 inches, and this thing is still lethal sharp.  The knife has an attractive hand crafted brass guard.  When you hold this guy in your hand - the words of "Crocodile Dundee" comes to mind -- "NO - This Is A Knife" !!--$850.

  162. 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.

  163. Could not be nicer - mint beautiful as issued, large size, lead-filled US oval on original brown buff leather belt.  This belt rig was purchased almost 50 years ago and has been in the same private collection ever since.  Look as long as you like and you're not going to find a nicer example.--$650.

  164. 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.

  165. Very attractive, big 12 mm, "E. Lefaucheux" pinfire revolver.  This revolver is out of a private museum in Arkansas and is very similar to the pinfire revolver carried by General "Stonewall" Jackson.  It has intact both the loading door and cartridge ejector rod which are often missing.  The lanyard ring on the butt is not present and the trigger doesn't advance the cylinder "every time".  This will be a very nice addition to any Confederate display, and it is extra nice in that it is BIG caliber and is actually "E. Lefaucheux" marked.--$895.

  166. 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.

  167. 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.

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

  169. 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.

  170. 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.

  171. 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.

  172. Beautiful condition, Model 1840, Ames Non-Commissioned Officer, Federal sword and scabbard.  The blade remains clean and bright with Ames on the scroll marking on one side and dated 1864 and marked "US" on the other.  The leather scabbard remains complete and in very nice condition tip to tip.--$695.

  173. Very attractive, Model 1850, Federal Foot Officer's sword and original, metal scabbard.  The sword has crisp, visible, Union engraving on the blade top to bottom.  The sword is a "Solingen" marked import manufactured under Federal contract.  The grip has original sharkskin and original wire.  The metal scabbard has a smooth, brown, aged patina and a couple of normal small service dings.  The brass drag has a rich, dark, never cleaned patina and is mounted "upside-down" to the way it usually is.  If you like a nice, honest sword that clearly saw service and has not been cleaned, you will enjoy this one.--$1,150.

  174. 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.

  175. Extremely rare, College Hill Arsenal, Confederate Foot Officer's sword and original scabbard.  The sword has a nice, clean blade with faint traces of original Confederate engraving.  The cast brass Foot Officer's guard remains in perfect condition with a never-cleaned, rich, aged, bronze patina.  The leather grip remains in nice condition as well, but we feel it may have had the leather restored during the 1960's era.  The original scabbard remains with the sword with no breaks or weak spots and all brass mounts intact.  This would be a museum quality addition to any Civil War Confederate collection.--$7,950.

  176. 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.

  177. 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.

  178. 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.

  179. 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.

  180. 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.

  181. 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.

  182. 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.

  183. 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.

  184. 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 !!!!

  185. 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 !!!

  186. 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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