What Is This Guy Doing? Buying Relics

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ucvrelics

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Came across this photo in the MDHA and it shows a man with some young boys. He has a few parrott shells and cannon balls by his side and some of the boys still have shells by them. I believe is buying relics that these boys scavenged from the Vicksburg battlefield. What do you think?

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SeaSoldier

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You're probably correct. Be carefull what you pick up. The boy in the foreground appears to have an exploding shell (cannon ball).
 
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ucvrelics

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Could be one of my GG Great Uncles. It looks like the boy in front of him has a handful of something.
 

Tompre

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There were many who would pay a small price to people who would bring relics to them. The most famous of these was Zack Davis. He had a store and souvenir shop on Jackson Road, just outside the park boundary. The park superintendent tried several different ways to shut him down, but all met with failure. Here is a photo of his shell collection.

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Came across this photo in the MDHA and it shows a man with some young boys. He has a few parrott shells and cannon balls by his side and some of the boys still have shells by them. I believe is buying relics that these boys scavenged from the Vicksburg battlefield. What do you think?

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He is obviously explaining how such things are dangerous and they should not touch them except to bring such to him so that nobody gets hurt.
 
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