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    Treasure Hunting For Civil War Artifacts

    If you're a modern-day treasure hunter you may wonder how you can find some great Civil War artifacts, whether on your own or through another seller that has already found them for you. Believe it or not, there are still some great items you can find from the Civil War even after all these decades. Obviously in order to hunt up some Civil War artifacts you're going to need some equipment. Metal detectors are not just for beach bums anymore, and they have become much more sophisticated and useful in the past few years. For instance, many today have their electronic components built into the headphones you wear, meaning that the stick part of the detector is much lighter than it once was

    Living in the Southwest we don't get to many opportunities to search for Civil War relics.

    While visiting relatives in the East, I took my metal detector with us.

    This article will again highlight how important research is in treasure hunting.

    I knew the home my relatives were living in was quite old. It was located in Eastern Pennsylvania . The main structure was built around 1840's. The main house was three stories and it had 15 Bedrooms. Each bedroom had a Fireplace. I didn't measure the house but I would estimate it at 8,000 square feet. The current structure and land included a tennis court, large pool, and very large 3-story barn. All of this was setting on approximately 20 acres. The original land and structures included 25 coke ovens, and a lead casting foundry.

    Did you know that during the Civil War, more than 1000 different types of bullets were used. This is one reason Civil War bullet collecting has become a popular hobby. Another reason is that the time of the Civil War saw changes taking place in the development of firearms and ammunition. The old round musket balls of the Revolution were being replaced with bullets in the shape we are accustomed to. While musket balls are found on Civil War battlefields, the most common type of bullet used was the

    An Introduction To Civil War Military Swords

    One of the most influential wars the United States ever participated in was the Civil War. Fought on the soil of America, this fierce battle pitted brothers and friends against each other. While firearms had already been invented, the military sword was the weapon of choice when fighting was close and personal. Here are some of the American manufacturers of military swords during the Civil War. During the civil war, there was a variety of companies that manufactured military swords...

    Undiscovered Secrets About Civil War Cartridges And Civil War History Are Amazing But True
    By Steve McArthur

    Going back to the time of the Civil War most people don't realize that over one thousand different kinds of cartridges were used. This is one explanation that Civil War cartridge collecting has become a favorite diversion. Another explanation is that during the time of the Civil War we saw changes occurring in the development of firearms and ammunition. The old circular musket balls of the Revolutionary War were being substituted with cartridges in the form we are used to.

    While musket balls are found on Civil War battlefields, the most ordinary class of cartridge utilized was the .58-caliber projectile with three rings around the bottom. Numerous cartridges discovered are splattered out of form. If you've many times been fascinated by the Civil War and firearms, Civil War cartridge collecting is an avocation you probably will appreciate.

    With the invention of the Internet and buying and selling on Ebay, Civil War cartridges have become more collectible, and the prices have gone up rapidly. Occasionally, sellers are not informed and ask more than the cartridge is valued. For these reasons, if you are just now starting out in Civil War cartridge collecting, you will most likely wish to buy a value manual. You may even discover a cost guide on line if that works better for you. Numerous Civil War cartridge collectors also amass cartridge molds and other relics from the Civil War era. A genuine fan may even study the possibility of becoming a Civil War reenactor, acting out battles with other collectors in towns and fields across the Southeast.

    Civil War cartridges can be collected by purchasing them from other collectors, or you can start by going straight to the battlefields to dig and search. A metal detector will make Civil War cartridge collecting much easier. You may also discover buttons from uniforms, cartridge molds, sash buckles, and other metal items from the conflict. A few of the cartridges may be buried very deep. You will probably need to put on a headset and pay very close attention to the changes in sound in your metal detector. Chasing after Civil War relics is not allowed on guarded battlefields, but there are still a few old home sites where battles were fought. Be certain to get consent from the proprietor and fill up any holes you dig.

    Some individuals have the concept that searching for cartridges with a metal detector indicates a lack of consideration for the soldiers who died at that location. They get this notion because occasionally cartridge hunters find bones along with the cartridges. The truth is, nonetheless, that many of the cartridge hunters who have discovered cartridges this way have chronicled and mapped out their finds, resulting in many of the facts that we now understand about the Civil War.

    The Civil War fascinates Americans because of everything it stands for. While most everyone agrees that slavery is a terrible stain on the history of the U.S., there are a few persons who still deliberate the issue of states' rights versus a strong centralized government. Civil War cartridge collecting is an interesting hobby, although rather sobering at times when looking at the huge number of casualties. The recollection of kinsman fighting against kinsman out in the cornfields and pastures will not ever go away. Civil War cartridge collecting is one way to consecrate this staggering recorded episode.

    Glen Stevens

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    Robert E. Lee: The Character of the Man

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    Robert E. Lee: The Character of the Man

    By Steven L. Warren
    CBNNews.com Writer-Producer
    January 19, 2007

    CBNNews.com -- VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. -- 200 years ago Friday, Robert Edward Lee was born.  His birthday, January 19, 1807 was celebrated by many states throughout the South for years following the Civil War.

    Five states including Arkansas, Florida, South Carolina, Tennessee and Alabama still mark Lee's birthday as an official holiday.  "Marse Robert's" birthday is also celebrated by many people and historical groups across the country as "Robert E. Lee Day."  However, the celebration of the birth of the former commanding Confederate general is not without controversy.  

    Throughout the Southern states, just like the ever-growing myth of  "The Lost Cause," Lee has risen to almost a sainthood-like status.  137 years after his death, it has become hard to separate the man from the myth.  He was loved by his soldiers and respected by his enemies.

    Cannons and muskets fired solemn volleys recently in Rock Hill's historic Laurelwood Cemetery to honor a Confederate soldier who left home as a teenager 143 years ago to fight in some of the Civil War's bloodiest battles.

    About 20 descendants who had traveled from Kentucky, Florida, North Carolina and York County stood silently under gracious old trees as John James Misskelley finally received an Iron Cross at his grave, as many Confederate veterans had years earlier

    Civil War hospital to be restored

    Plaster has fallen from the ceiling in chunks. Holes have rotted in the wooden floor. Window panes have been broken, replaced and broken again.

    Historian Ted Key stood in the cold house by the blackened fire place.

    “This is a sacred place. Americans died here. Americans from the North and South were brought here and died here,” he said. “We can’t lose this. We have to save this and it was almost destroyed.”

    Following the Dec. 19 inspection of the Soldiers and Sailors Monument on the Wakefield town common — damaged in 1973 when vandals knocked one of the statues off its base and deteriorating since its dedication in 1902 — estimates suggest it could cost upwards of $100,000 to restore it.

    The inspection was initiated by a request to the Wakefield Board of Selectmen from Kevin Tucker, who has a vested interest in seeing the monument preserved. A member of the Wakefield camp of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, his great-grandfather, Charles Elwell, served in the 11th Massachusetts Infantry. 

    Civil War monument at a stand still

    By John Liesveld/Sauk Prairie Eagle

    SAUK CITY - The names are numerous, the stories violent, and the endings often tragic. Residents like Christian Baumtgarth, Jacob Kuntz, Erhart Kindschi, Herman Roediger, Nathanial Burgess and Alva Page, all killed in action or succumbed to disease during the American Civil War.

    They died from disease and on battlefields in places like Arkansas, Missouri, Louisiana and Virginia.

    These few names represent the many soldiers from Prairie du Sac and Sauk City who served and died in the Civil War.

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