MARCH 24TH/25TH – TWENTY-ONE ARTIFACTS WERE ADDED TO THE CATALOG, INCLUDING RELICS FROM EXCELSIOR FIELD IN GETTYSBURG, MILLER’S CORNFIELD AND DUNKER CHURCH IN ANTIETAM, CHANCELLORSVILLE AND MALVERN HILL!

It is all about the provenance!  When I began collecting Civil War artifacts back when I was a child, I was always much more interested in the recovery location of an artifact than the rarity or value of the artifact itself.  As a historian, I have made every effort to acquire artifacts with solid provenance.  The intent of this website is to offer Civil War relics with a historical connection so that the collector can feel secure in the knowledge that they are getting something from a specific event or place.  Each item includes a provenance letter with all of the details that I know about the piece.

JUST ADDED ON 10/15 - THE BATTLE OF GETTYSBURG / EXCELSIOR FIELD NEAR THE PEACH ORCHARD - Fragment of a Hotchkiss Artillery Shell - Rosensteel Collection

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A nice fragment (2 5/8 x 2 1/2 inches - cleaned) from the base of the nose section of a Hotchkiss artillery shell that was recovered in Excelsior Field - the field just north of the Peach Orchard where the Excelsior Brigade fought - and was part of the Rosensteel Collection. This specific relic was part of the relic collection given to the Rosensteels by John Cullison. Cullison recovered the relics that he gave to the Rosensteels between 1930 and 1960. The Rosensteel Collection is arguably the most famous collection of Gettysburg relics that has ever existed. John Rosensteel opened his Round Top Museum of Gettysburg artifacts in 1888. The collection, which grew in size as a variety of local collections were acquired (including artifacts found by John Cullison), became the nucleus of the Electric Map Museum collection and ultimately the Gettysburg National Park Visitor Center collection. Cullison, a Gettysburg resident, hunted many areas of the battlefield (by eyeballing relics first and then with a metal detector in the 1950s) and carefully identified the location of recovery. All of the Cullison items that did not go to the National Park Service were acquired by the Horse Soldier in the 1990s - I acquired this relic from that source. A provenance letter will be included.

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