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 Posted: Wed Jun 25th, 2008 01:41 am
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Union and Confederates forces fought all along the retreat from Gettysburg to the Potomac. Much of the territory covered in the various retreat routes and Union pursuit routes plus places where skirmishes and full-fledged battles took place is not not enclosed in national parks.

It is possible that the minie shells are authentic, but maybe just having a reasonable reproduction is good enough to be satisfying for a beginning collector or someone with a budding interest in the Civil War. That said, I would have tried to get the store owner to be more definite about EXACTLY where he found the shells.

A couple of years ago I saw a fascinating show on the History Channel about the huge business and trade in counterfeit historic relics. Some relics are incredibly well done. No wonder amateur collectors get burned. You'd have to be an authority on that specific relic and even then, according to the show, the so-called experts can and do get fooled.

Last edited on Wed Jun 25th, 2008 01:42 am by CleburneFan

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