Civil War battles recalled via relics left behind

This photograph provided by the Library of Virginia William Henry Taylor, left, and Stephen Stewart, members of the 11th Virginia Infantry.  (AP Photo/Courtesy of the Library of Virginia)

This photograph provided by the Library of Virginia William Henry Taylor, left, and Stephen Stewart, members of the 11th Virginia Infantry. (AP Photo/Courtesy of the Library of Virginia)

SHILOH, Tenn. (AP) -- Every Civil War relic tells a story.

There's the musket made in 1831 by a company founded by cotton gin inventor Eli Whitney, the leaden bullet found at bloody Shiloh, the intricately crafted soldier's sword made by Tiffany and Co.

Since the end of the Civil War, countless artifacts from soldier's uniforms to heavy cannons have been found on battlefields, in antique stores and in attics and basements of relatives of Union and Confederate soldiers who fought in the key battles. These are the relics left behind that recall individual and collective stories of struggle between North and South.

Some relics ended up in museums. Others ended up with collectors, who set up display booths at collectors' shows and now use the Internet to sell artifacts to Civil War buffs.


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