Photos: The Shell Hunter

A Civil War collection proving that the past can be very much alive 

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    A ten-inch confederate cannonball, likely fired during the Battle of Battery Wagner on Morris Island, South Carolina.

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    A collection of hotchkiss shells now rendered harmless.

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    Simons Young's now-inert parrott shell, unearthed during a home renovation.

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    The Big Iron Man uses a wire bruch to polish a disarmed shell.

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    A shell under water during electrolusis.

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    One-half of a confederate cannonball.

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    Each barrel holds a single disarmed shell during the electrolysis process.

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    The Big Iron Man in his workshop with a rare set of 485-pound union cannonballs.

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    Historic photos in his collection show a fearsome arsenal.

    Ben Gately Williams

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