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Civil War Musket Wipe Tool / Musket Worm Tool

I wanted to show this amazingly great condition musket wipe, apparently lost in the chaos of a major artillery engagement.  These were attached to the end of the steel ram-rod and . used to clear debris from the barrel, such as paper wadding that had not been expelled. Some worm designs were sturdy enough that they

Metal Detecting Community on Google+ Is Live – and it’s cool!

Google rolled out their answer to Facebook Groups yesterday, it’s called Google Community.  It’s full of the slick, modern and mobile friendly features that Google+ has.  I think it will be a big improvement, especially for those using smartphones. Most metal detecting forums are created with 10-year-old software and are a bit clunky.  This system

Tips and Small Talk Lead to New Civil War Era Site

I headed out on Sunday to catch the minister of a small country church to ask permission to hunt (it was granted.)  I met several people from the church, all of them, including the minister were nicer than nice.  Before I knew it, he was telling me of an old African-American church location near his

“The Blood is The Life” – Quack Medicine History Uncovered

Found part of an 1880s Quack Medical Device. Going to go back and see if I can find the rest. Looks better in real life than my scanner can show. “Boyd’s Battery” on one side and “Patent Jan 17, 1879” on the other. “J.C. Boyd’s Miniature Galvanic Battery that supposedly worked by “galvanic action” due