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Civil War Artifacts to be Auctioned in Charlottesville

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Two historic civil war items are set to hit the auction block in Charlottesville this weekend. Both have confederate ties.

Quinn & Farmer Auctions will offer the items on Saturday at 10 a.m.

One belonged to Scottsville Mosby Ranger Zach Jones. It's a revolver, hostler and bullet mold. The second is a traveling case that almost brought the United States to war with England in 1861. It was used by Senator James Murray Mason, who drafted the Fugitive Slave Act.

Auctioneers say they're pieces of history that most don't get the opportunity to see.

"When you think of the number of men in that unit and the fact that they just had weapons and after the war they surrendered their weapons.  The weapons didn't go home with them and it stayed in the family all the way through passing from one generation to another and so the provenance is right there," said Art Beltrone, with Quinn & Farmer Auctions.

Both items will be put on display and explained at the gallery.

The Mosby Rangers always wanted to keep their pistols loaded and their powder dry. We're told the gun going to auction is still fully loaded.

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