- May 14, 2019
Hello! As my user name says, I am Taylor Ratliff and I am starting to branch out to collecting Civil War relics. I have been collecting WW1 and newer militaria for the past 10-12 years, and I have been a member of the Tennessee Military Collector's Association for many of my years collecting. I have been wanting to collect original Civil War relics for a few years now, but it has always been out of my budget since I am in my 20s. The first original item I got is a Springfield M1840 musket that supposedly belonged to my great, great, great grandfather that was a rebel in the Civil War. Since then, I have gotten the itch to collect more and I was recently given some items from a relative that passed away. In fact, that is why I joined this forum because I am still very new to CW stuff so I could use some help on identifying some items and get your opinions if the items are original or not. I hope that I will have a great time here with many like minded people. Here is a picture of some of the stuff I currently have that I plan on buying a curio cabinent for (the cartridge box on the bottom right is a Dixie Gun Works reproduction, but I believe that everything else is original, but might span from the Mexican War era to Spanish American War era).