Now that you have reached my home page you may be wondering who the heck is this person that calls himself Relicman. The answer is simple: Relicman is a handle that I use on the internet that explains in brief that I am interested in the hobby of metal detecting for U.S. Civil War period military equipment etc. that was abandoned or lost over vast areas of the U.S.
Why do I search for relics (Civil War military equipment etc.)? The answer is that it is a very rewarding hobby. When I recover a relic that has been in the ground for over 155 years; I hold a piece of history in my hand. A thrill comes over me that is hard to explain. The Civil War is no longer just a few pages in a history text book, but a real event. I am walking where they walked and lived and died during the most bloody era of American history. Part of the reward I get is researching old documents, diaries, regimental histories, and then using the information I gather to find military camps, battle sites etc. that I can search. Then when my research pays off I feel a sense of accomplishment. There is also other rewards like the friends you meet with similar interest, and getting out in the great outdoors discovering nature. Although the selling of relics can also be reward, I prefer just to catalog my relics, and display them for others to enjoy. The preservation of these relics is must!
What have I found? I have found bullets of various designs used by both the North and South. I have found U.S. Cartridge box plates used to hold the leather flap of the cartridge box shut. I have also found many military uniform buttons like a MVC (Mobile Alabama Volunteer Corps), and other more common buttons like Union Eagle design used by the infantry soldier. One nice find is a Cavalry Cape Pin with attached chain. Used to hold the two ends of the cape's collar together. This was found at a small engagement where Major General George Custer fought. At the same site a bugle mouthpiece was found. These were but a few of the many interesting relics I have recovered.

Confederate General Robert E.Lee
Union Major General Ulysses S. Grant

Union Camp At Cumberland Landing On Pamunky River In New Kent County Virginia (1862)

  • Lee Portrait By Julian Vannerson
  • Grant Portrait By Mathew Brady<
  • Cumberland Landing By Mathew Brady
  • Photos Are Courtesy Of The Library Of Congress Print And Photographs Division

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    Last Updated February 15, 2017