Excavated Confederate used or manufactured objects are considered rarities. Such items are hard evidence of what material was actually in use on the field. The location of such discoveries can often give real corroboration to documentary evidence of the issue of a specific type of weapon. While Federal laws prohibiting excavation on Federal property are understandable, the loss of historic objects to natural deterioration is not an acceptable solution. This group of objects [above] is an excellent example of the diversity of Confederate arms and equipment carefully documented and preserved by dedicated relic hunters and preservationists. ~ Professor William C. Davis from The Battlefields of the Civil War, page 250, image from page 134.This is a follow up to my recent post regarding a Smithsonian curator's complimentary comments about relic hunters. With all the negative (and ignorant) comments I've seen on other Civil War blogs about relic hunting, these more thoughtful, objective and honest observations are quite refreshing; particularly since I'm an avid relic hunter and preservationist myself.
And, speaking of "Confederate objects", below is one of my more memorable recoveries - a block A Confederate artillerist button recovered here in the Shenandoah Valley, before I preserved it and after:
|Before cleaning and restoration|
|After cleaning and restoration|