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Miscellaneous Relics

MS 1. Massive War Log with a 12 lb. Cannon Ball from Missionary Ridge TN. (Chattanooga).

Found along the line of the Chattanooga and Union Railway Line and presented to a “Charles E. James” in 1889. This is an utterly outstanding relic. A 12 lb. Solid Shot is embedded in the massive pine log and you can see the natural process of where the tree tried to heal itself around the ball. A good bit of the original bark remains. The top of the log is perfectly flat and can serve as a table. The old brass tag with detailed provenance is remarkable. This would be a most impressive piece in any relic room or museum. The Battle of Missionary Ridge was a disastrous affair for the Confederates and underscored the lackluster leadership of Gen. Braxton Bragg. 



MS 2. Excavated College Hill Confederate Cavalry Saber.

Eyeballed while plowing a field on an island in the Tennessee River near Shiloh TN. by Brant Arnold. Guard is complete and about a quarter of the blade is intact. Nice green patina on the guard which bears the bold “CSA” on it’s face. College Hill sabers are very similar to the Nashville Plow Works and both were produced in Nashville TN. If you had to choose between buying a Confederate buckle or this sword, think about what is more rare and impressive. I would rather have the fat CSA Weapon myself. Just sayin’.



MS 3. Excavated U.S. Officer’s Eagle Head Spur.

Amazing condition with no repairs. Most likely worn by a Confederate Officer as it was dug in CS General Earl Van Dorn’s Cavalry Camp at Spring Hill TN. The brass rowell is original, and a perfect fit but was not found with the spur. Excavated examples of these fancy spurs are extremely rare.



MS 4. Louisiana Militia Flagstaff Finial and Confederate Bowie Knife brought home as battle trophies by Capt. Edward A. Thayer, 1st Louisiana Cavalry (US).

This grouping recently surfaced in New England from Thayer’s family estate. As a whole it is extremely interesting because you don’t see many artifacts from the Deep South Louisiana theater of operations. Many battles and skirmishes were fought in Louisiana. Some of these were symptoms of Gen. Benjamin “Beast” Butler’s occupational forces stationed in and around New Orleans. Captain Thayer participated in the Battle of Baton Rouge as well as the siege of Port Hudson. The Confederate Bowie Knife in it’s original scabbard was captured by Thayer from a Confederate prisoner during the Battle of Georgia Landing on Oct. 27, 1862. The Confederate forces were made up exclusively of Louisiana Troops so it is safe to say that the knife was carried by a Louisiana Confederate. It is totally untouched and skillfully made. The handle is solid brass with an “S” shaped cross guard. The blade is made from a file in the classic Confederate fashion. The leather scabbard is hand stitched and has a tin or pewter scabbard tip. Belt loop also intact. The old brown ink tag is in great condition and states “Taken from a sessech prisoner 27 Oct 1862 E.A. Thayer”. The Louisiana State Militia Flagstaff Finial is made of solid cast brass and is highly detailed and hand finished. It features the iconic Louisiana Pelican feeding three of it’s offspring. Patina is a super deep mustard color and totally unmolested since the war. Thayer most surely captured this finial in one of his many scraps with the Confederates. It is a remarkable and extremely rare piece that would surely be of interest to the Louisiana State Museum. The grouping is rounded out by a CDV of a youthful Capt. Thayer in uniform with a New Orleans photographer’s backmark (Guay Photographic Temple of Art No. 8 Charles St. New Orleans), another CDV of Thayer in civilian garb and a nice black G.A.R. Ribbon from the New Ipswich, New Hampshire G.A.R. Post. A professionally done binder is included that features detailed information about Capt. Thayer’s Civil War service record, his units and life after the war.



 MS 5. Outstanding excavated CS Leech and Rigdon Cavalry Officer’s Spur.

They don’t get any better than this. A product of the Memphis Novelty Works. Clearly cast “CS” with intact rowell which is smaller than usual but functional and original to the spur. Verbal provenance of Corinth MS. Definitely an early find with a smooth dark patina. These are often found in the wake of Gen. N.B. Forest’s Cavalry Troopers.

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 MS 6. Dug 5th U.S. Army Corps Hat Badge.

Stamped Brass Maltese Cross in remarkable condition with traces of silver wash. Dug long ago by J.B. Harrell. Provenance uncertain. 



MS 7. Confederate “Gardner Pattern” Canteen.

High quality example with it’s original leather sling (note brass adjuster). Carved on one side is “JERRY LYNCH 1861” The “6” is carved backward. I imagine there may be several possibilities for this name and will leave that research to the buyer. The original pewter spout is intact. 



MS 8.  Confederate Issued Enfield Rifle Musket, Cartridge Box and Waist Belt carried by Private H.R. Tomlinson, 54th Ga. Vol. Infantry Regt.

You will sometimes see a Confederate Officer’s effects for sale but rarely will you ever see an Identified Confederate Enlistedman’s grouping like this. Purchased directly from the family by consignor. It consists of a Confederate issued “POTTS & HUNT LONDON” marked Enfield Rifle Musket .577 Cal. with Confederate Viewer Stamp.  The butt plate tang is stamped “G” over “54” (54th Ga. Regt.) Overall this Enfield is in great condition. Ramrod is a replacement and there is a missing escutchion or retainer opposite the lock. Both of these issues can be easily rectified. Carved clearly into the butt stock is the soldier’s name “H.R. Tomlinson”. His Cartridge box is a stellar example. Russett Leather with tooled edges, hand sewn throughout and classic lead finial. Latch tab is broken. Perfectly intact single cartridge tin containing 5 original .577 Cal. Confederate Cartridges. These were X-Ray’d revealing two Enfield Cartridges and Three Three Ring Cartridges. Tomlinson’s Tarred Canvas Waist Belt is fantastic and totally untouched. The cast brass “Army of Tennessee” CS Plate is perfect with black enamel paint in the background and so called “spun” hooks. I have not researched Tomlinson’s records myself but according to the information provided, he was associated with and served under Capt. William Allen Fuller (of 1862 Great Locomotive Chase Fame) who was provided several Georgia Militia Soldiers to serve under him in his railroad duties. This is a killer Identified Confederate Grouping. Custom display case included.



MS 9. Dug Confederate Saber Bayonet Adapter from Antietam.

Unusual type in great condition. Used to attach a saber bayonet to Mississippi Rifles and their Confederate made copies. Dug long ago on the 1862 Antietam Battlefield.



MS 10. CS Fayetteville Arsenal Rifle Hammer.

Perfect non excavated condition and hard to get when you need one. 



MS 11. Identified Maine Soldier’s .58 Cal. Cartridge box marked “G.A. MOODY, CO E. ? ME. V.”

I cannot make out the regiment #, but the rest of his information is clearly stenciled on the inner flap. Box itself is an early .58 Cal. Pattern in good overall condition with intact roller buckles, latch tab and both tins. The US Plate is untouched and affixed to the outer flap by small square nails. This should be an an interesting research project for someone so inclined.



 MS 12. Dug Federal Trooper’s Saddle Shield.

Excellent condition, stamped “11 1/2 INCH SEAT”. Provenance uncertain. 




MS 14. Dug Confederate “Cook and Brother N.O. 1861” marked Rifle Lock Plate.

Nice Confederate relic with legible address and Confederate National Flag.  Found within the Confederate Lines behind Rocky Face Ridge near Dalton GA.



 MS 15. Excavated “CS” Confederate Canteen from Shiloh.

Here is an amazing early dug relic. A complete Tin Drum Canteen that is stamped “CS” on both sides. This type was issued early in the war to Louisiana Troops from an unknown maker. An extremely rare relic indeed. The fact that this piece was dug virtually intact with no major holes and not flattened is simply miraculous. It is accompanied by a letter from Robert McDaniel stating exactly what degree of preservation was done to the canteen to stabilize it. Found many decades ago near the Shiloh, TN. Battlefield.



MS 16. Excavated Confederate Cavalry Bridle Bit Boss.

Found in June of 1979 in a Confederate Cavalry Camp near Dinwiddie VA. and in superb condition with three remaining attachment prongs. These fancy Cavalry Harness sets were imported from England through the Federal Blockade.



 MS 17. Dug Confederate Artilleryman’s Hat Insignia.

Unusual smaller stamped brass type in flawless condition. Found in a Confederate Artillery Camp near Spotsylvania VA. 



MS 18. Early Federal Shako Hat Plate Insignia.

Excellent condition. This large U.S. Hat Plate is sharply detailed with a Federal Eagle perched on a shield in front of cannons and war trophies. Ca. 1830’s.




MS 20. Whisky Flask identified to “Lt. B.L. Crosby 7th ME. Inf.”

I have yet to do the research on Crosby but do recognize the 7th Maine as a prolific and notable regiment that participated in many battles and campaigns. Very good condition overall with a nice leather cover. Glass has a crack but is strong and intact.



 MS 21. Dug Tree Root with embedded .58 Cal. Three Ring Minie’ Bullet.

This is a remarkable and unique artifact. Nature embraces and absorbs the past, yea, even consumes and overtakes it….(waxing poetic)…. I was with Ray Treece when he found this thing. I heard him hacking away in the woods and upon investigation saw that he had detected a bullet about seven or eight inches deep but it was firmly encased in this large tree root. While he was thus occupied, I was digging a few dropped Colt Revolving Rifle and Enfield Bullets. Brant Arnold gave him a hand getting it out of the ground but it took them at least two hours. I have to say that these two guys are great friends and super fun to dig with. Found south of the Shiloh, TN. Battlefield on private property.



 MS 22. Rare dug U.S. Officer’s Eagle Head Spur.

There are several variants of these Federal Eagle Spurs. This one is one of the rarest. Very heavy cast brass construction and remarkable detail to the eagle and feathers. Very long neck. Note slots for boot straps. Traces of gold plating. Dug long ago in the outer defenses of Charleston SC.



MS 23. Excavated Civil War Reading Glasses.

This complete and unbroken set of spectacles was dug by Tom Queener near Tazewell, TN. in a Confederate Camp. The glasses were intentionally placed underneath a flat rock. How cool is this for a dug relic?



MS 24. Dug Eagle Stirrup Mount or Bridle Rosette.

Scarce early Militia Bosses that were mounted in pairs on a large fancy officer’s stirrups and bridles. When found, it seems that they come from predominantly Confederate sites.



 MS 25. Excavated Civil War Cavalry Stirrup embedded in a tree stump.

Found by Bob Scates in June of 1996 in an 1861 Confederate Camp outside of Staunton VA. A marvelous and most impressive display piece for the relic room.



MS 26. Excavated U.S. M-1858 Smooth Side Canteen.

Remarkable condition with quite a bit of the original tinned finish remaining. Needs a spout. Dug long ago at Catlett’s Station VA. 



MS 27. Dug Patriotic Shield Pin with Federal Eagle.

Very nice condition featuring a Federal Eagle with a large ribbon in it’s beak. Marked on back “PAT. DEC.29, 1861”. Dug by Charles Sweeney near Eastport MS.





MS 30. Patriotic Brass Powder Flask for Navy or Pocket Revolver.

Scarce variant in excellent condition. Straight from a long time Shenandoah Valley collection.

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MS 31. Dug Pocket Watch Chain with Military Scenes.

How cool is this amazing relic? Nothing captures the exuberance of 1861 like this chain. The links are small coin like discs with highly detailed scenes of  Artillerymen firing a cannon and a charging Cavalryman with his sword raised, tent with flag in the background. Obviously dug long ago. The very tip of the hook has a break and has separated but can easily be re-attached. An extremely rare and unique war relic. Dug by J.B. Harrell near Riverton AL.



 MS 32. Dug Confederate D-Guard Bowie Knife from Orange VA.

Neat Confederate relic. Blade is broken in half but it is what it is. Dug long ago by Bob Scates in the massive Confederate Camps near Orange VA.



MS 33. Rare US M-1872 Cavalry Picket Pin.

Fantastic condition and quite scarce. This is exactly what Custer’s Cavalry, the Horse Soldiers and other Trooper’s on the hostile Indian frontier were using to secure their horses. 



MS 34. Wartime Document signed by CS Gen. John Hunt Morgan.

This document concerns intelligence about the Yankees near Tompkinsville KY. and is transcribed as follows:

“April 30, 1863

Genl. Jno. H. Morgan

It is reported that there are 400 Federals at John Ray’s five miles on this side of Tompkinsville in the Brumett’s Ferry Road. A lady brings in this information. They are said to be taking all the horses they can find, also all the bacon & corn.

In haste, your obedient servant,

W.B. Carlen, Confed. Comdg. Post near Celina Tenn.

Official, W. M. Magenis AAG”

On the backside of the document it states:

“Hdqtrs Morgans Division

Sparta May 1st, 1863

Respectfully forwarded,

Jno H Morgan

Brigd. Gen”

This is Morgan’s actual signature. The document is brief in nature but very specific about where the Yankees were camped. Might be a good tip for someone with a metal detector. The blue paper was imported from England and has an “S THOMAS 1862” watermark. Recovered from a dumpster behind the Montgomery Alabama Court House during a renovation project in the 1960’s.



MS 35. Dug Civil War Corkscrew from Camp Davies. 66th Illinois Infantry.

Unbelievable condition, made of wrought iron. Found in the camp of the 66th Illinois just outside of Corinth MS. by Brant Arnold. Wine bottles were also dug in the trash pits there.



MS 36. Dug Love Token made from an 1858 Dated Silver Quarter.

Remarkable condition and very well engraved with a script letter “R”. Found in a Union Camp in the Shiloh-Corinth area by Brant Arnold.




MS 38. Dug Sharps Carbine or Rifle Bullet Mold .52 Cal. 

Very early find in remarkable condition. Totally functional. Ironclad provenance of Catlett’s Station VA.



MS 39. Matching pair of Confederate Cartridge Box Shoulder Sling Roller Buckles.

Great condition with remnants of original black finish. Extremely rare. I have seen several Confederate Cartridge Boxes out there that could use these buckles.



MS 40. Civil War Era Reading Glasses in original case.

I have excavated an identical pair of these in a Federal Camp before. Condition is super. Case still retains fabric lining and the is a tiny patent address on the case that I can’t make out. Perfect for reenacting.



MS 41. Excavated .54 Cal. Three Ring Minie’ and iron Bullet Worm. 

This is exactly how it was found. A fabulous example. Provenance uncertain. Ex. Dan Wingate collection.



 MS 42. Confederate Cavalry Officer’s Spur by Leech and Rigdon.

Superb non excavated example with intact rowell and clearly cast “CS” on the backside. 



MS 43. Carved lead Poker Chip with intensive designs. 

Found by Ray Treece near Shiloh TN. This large lead disc is extensively decorated on both sides with a cross hatch pattern of lines on one side and a recessed circle with lines on the other. Really neat piece.



MS 44. Dug Confederate Officer’s Sword Belt Hanger. 

This type is found with Louis Haiman Type Belt Rigs with the Tongue and Wreath CS Sword/Saber Belts. Dug near Cold Harbor VA.



MS 45. Dug US Company Letter “I” Hat Insignia.

Perfect condition. Large size (1″tall) and made of stamped brass. Dug near Stafford VA. 



 MS 46. Dug US Company Letter “A” Hat Insignia.

Perfect condition and hard to find intact. Large size (1″tall) and made of stamped brass. Dug near Eastport MS. by Charles Sweeney. 



MS 47. Company letter “B” Hat Insignia.

Perfect condition with a great patina. Large size (1″tall) and made of stamped brass. Dug near Eastport MS. by Charles Sweeney. 



MS 48. Dug US Company Letter “D” Hat Insignia.

Very good condition with a great patina. Large size (1″tall) and made of stamped brass. Dug near Eastport MS. by Charles Sweeney. 



MS 49. Dug US Company Letter “E” Hat Insignia.

Here is a tough one. Very good condition with no repairs. Large size (1″tall) and made of stamped brass. Dug near Eastport MS. by Charles Sweeney. 



MS 50. Dug Confederate Company Letter “G” Hat Insignia.

Slightly smaller and made of cast brass. Great green patina and excellent condition. Found recently by Brant Arnold near Corinth MS. 


MS 51. Dug U.S. Company Letter “I” Hat Insignia.

Typical stamped brass about 1 ” tall. Found near Corinth MS.



MS 52. Large size Confederate or early Militia letter “M” Insignia.

Rare letter “M” made of stamped brass, about 1.25″ tall. Lead filled stamped brass construction with all attachment prongs intact. Great patina.



MS 53. Dug US Company Letter “B” Hat Insignia.

Large stamped brass “B” in excellent condition. Found near Stafford VA.



MS 54. 1862 dated Letter Envelope from Private James F. Cameron, Co. C, 11th Alabama Vol. Infantry. Killed in action at Gettysburg.

Great condition and fully legible. Sent to his father. James had a brother named Matthew in a different regiment who was also killed in battle at Chickamauga on Sept. 20th, 1863. 



MS 55. Company letter “G” Hat Insignia.

This fancy type (about 5/8″) is thought to adorn the colorful Zouave Regiment Caps but I am not sure that is correct. Scarce variant. Possibly Confederate. Dug near Stafford VA.



MS 56. Dug M-1860 Savage Navy Revolver Bullet Mold .36 cal.

Remarkable condition and quite scarce. When cleaned with electrolysis the hinge became functional. Bullet is included and was found with the mold. Would pass for non excavated. Provenance of East Tennessee.



MS 57. Dug “Martingale” for U.S. Cavalry Harness.

Plain lead filled type with raised rim in fantastic condition. No repairs. Ex. Claude Maley Collection.



MS 58. Silver U.S. 2nd Corps Badge, 34th New York State Volunteers “Herkimer Regiment” Army of the Potomac.

This fancy silver Corps Badge once belonged to a member of the 34th New York Regiment. This unit saw heavy fighting in the East and West Woods of Antietam, Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville. Great condition with intact T-Bar Pin. This pin is published in Stanley Phillips Book on page 110. 




MS 60. Dug Confederate/US Soldier’s Dirk or Boot Knife.

Nice little weapon of last resort. Found by Charles Sweeney near Iuka MS. Professionally cleaned and conserved.



 MS 61. Dug “Baby” Inkwell.

Rare small size pontiled clear inkwell in perfect condition. Found by Charlie Harris near Tunnel Hill, GA.



 MS 62. Dug Leech and Rigdon Artillery Short Sword Blade.

Rare Leech and Rigdon Blade that would have had a cast brass “CS” marked guard. Found by Brant Arnold and Ray Treece in a trash pit along the Shiloh retreat route. Someone out there has a dug brass guard that would mate with this rare blade.



MS 63. Dug U.S. Cavalryman’s Spur.

Great condition with intact rowell. No bends or repairs. Provenance uncertain.



MS 64. Excavated Confederate D-Guard Bowie Knife used as a Picket Pin.

Found by Bob Scates in a Confederate Cavalry Camp. When dug, it was stuck straight down into the ground. Provenance of Northern VA. Neat relic. 



MS 65. Rare dug Naval Cutlass Insignia Pin with gold plating. 

Found by the late Charles Sweeney near Iuka MS. in a Confederate infantry camp. According to Mike Singer, this may be Masonic symbol and these pins are certainly documented in Civil War sites. Great condition.



MS 66. Excavated Snare Tensioner Fitting for a Military Drum.

Federal Eagle variant found by Brant Arnold near Corinth MS. Neat relic. 



MS 67. Dug South Carolina Soldier’s Hat Pin cast from a button.

Neat camp made hat pin fashioned from cast lead or pewter. A South Carolina Militia Button was used to make the mold. Found near Petersburg VA.



MS 68. Dug “MONROE IRON WORKS” Brass Stamp.

This massive brass stamp is about 1/2″ thick and was found at Cerro Gordo on the Tennessee River where the Union Navy had captured a Confederate Ironclad Steamer then partially constructed on Feb. 7, 1862. The Federals finished converting the ship and named it the USS Eastport. This piece is no doubt a relic of the Confederate efforts to build this ironclad. This firm is recorded just prior to the war in the “Sketch Book of St. Louis”. The description starts thus:

“For the manufactuer of Steam Engines; Saw, Grist and Oil Mill Machinery; Iron and Brass Castings; Boiler, Sheet Iron and Copper Work; Lard and Tobacco Screws;Lever Presses; Shafting, &c., &c.”

“The Monroe Iron Works are situate on Levee, Main and Plum Streets, being one of the most extensive works in the city, and holding a prominent position among the many excellent Foundries and Machine Shops in our city. The facilities possessed by St. Louis for the successful manufacture of all kinds of machiner yare far superior to any other city in America, having at hand every thing necessary to be used in the construction, while wages paid to mechanics have attracted to our city a superior class of workmen that take pride in executing in the best possible style all orders entrusted to them. Messrs. Garlichs, Beck and Fisher inaugurated the Monroe Iron Works in January, 1857, with a full force of efficient workmen in all the various branches of manufacture pursued by them. They are now engaged in erecting every variety of Land and Marine Engines, Saw, Grist and Oil Machinery, Lard and Tobacco Screws, Lever Presses, Shafting, Pulleys, Bridge Bolts and Castings etc., etc., in a style that cannot be surpassed either for efficiency or beauty.” 

It is likely that this business did not survive the war as there is no other record of the Monroe Iron Works that I can find anywhere.



MS 69. Dug .69 Cal. Musket Ball encased in a tree root.

The earth will overtake everything if left unchecked. Here is a great example of a tree root embracing a 155 year old Civil War Musket Ball. Neat relic. Provenance unknown. Ex. Dan Wingate collection.



MS 70. Dug Coat Button Polisher and Button from Camp Davies, 66th Illinois Regt., Corinth MS. 

Unusual relic used by soldiers to isolate and polish their uniform buttons. The button is a US General Service coat button with gold plating. These items were found in close proximity within the camp of Birge’s Western Sharpshooters (66th Ill. Vol. Inf. Regt.) who were stationed in Corinth following the battle fought there in 1862. These troops were armed with the custom made target rifles produced by Horace Dimmick of St. Louis MO. While Camp Davies has long been combed by relic hunters, Brant Arnold and Rodney Lewis were still able to glean these relics, a Dimmick Rifle Barrel and several Dimmick Bullets from the site.



MS 71. Dug US Cavalry Bit.

Interesting variant in magnificent condition. Dug long ago near Winchester VA. 



MS 72. Dug Stoneware Master Ink Bottle.

Nice example found long ago near Vicksburg MS. 



MS 73. Dug US M-1816 Socket Bayonet forged into an entrenching tool.

These are indicative of the motivation to dig in, lay low and survive. Found near Spotsylvania VA.