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 Posted: Wed Mar 14th, 2007 10:55 pm
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It's amazing how quickly the hunters appear.  Think of the oak tree that was stolen limb for limb simply because Grant and Pemberton met close by during the surrender of Vicksburg.

It was but a short time before the last vestige of its body, root and limb had disappeared, the fragments taken as trophies. Since then the same tree has furnished as many cords of wood, in the shape of trophies, as the "True Cross."  Grant--Personal Memoirs
There are those who hunt for the thrill of finding a piece for their own collection and those who see the dollar amount attached to it.  My concern is where these items end up.  Illegal hunting is exactly that...illegal. 

For those of us who do own relics, make sure someone you know and fully trust are aware of the items.  How many times has a grandson cleaned out the garage of their grandpa who had passed away and thrown out that old rusty tin can (canteen) not knowing the true value of it?  The relics my family owns are all passed down through the generations.  Nothing was taken from the ground.  They are all stored in a safe place and the coming generation will be aware of them and will learn to respect them.

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