Hobbies: The Souvenir Detectors

Once, successful Civil War memento collectors needed only a vague knowledge of where skirmishes had been fought and a sharp eye for rusty buckles, buttons and musket balls that lay for the taking in the battlefield grass. No more. Since the centennial battlere-enactment craze in the early '60s, the search for souvenirs has come to re quire 1) the battlefield instincts of a field commander, 2) a shovel, 3) a strong back, 4) a talent for telling lies with a straight face, 5) an ability to fend off enraged farmers, 6) a...

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