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Treasures of Gettysburg from a Master Collector

Treasures of Gettysburg from a Master Collector J. Howard Wert's Gettysburg: A Collection of Relics from the Civil War Battle By Bruce E. Mowday and G. Craig Caba Hardcover, 144 pages Schiffer Military History $34.99

Clean-shaven Bayard Wilkeson stares out from his pristine carte de visite with a determined expression. He is the young Union artilleryman who inspired his grieving father, reporter Sam Wilkeson, to write just a few days after his son perished, "Oh, you dead, who at Gettysburgh have baptised with your blood the second birth of Freedom in America, how you are to be envied!"

Next to Wilkeson are two other items that belonged to him-his wallet and telescope, presumably carried into battle. …

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