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Civil War Collector Killed by Antique Shell

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Civil War Collector Killed by Antique Shell

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Civil War Collector Killed by Antique Shell

Civil War Collector Killed by Antique Shell

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The American Civil War has claimed another casualty. Sam White, a memorabilia collector, found a Civil War-era shell, took it to his Virginia home. It detonated in his driveway, killing him and sending shrapnel as much as a quarter mile away.

Jimmy Blankenship, the historian and curator at the Petersburg National Battlefield in Virginia, talks with John Ydstie about whether this was a freak occurrence or a regular hazard.

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