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​WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Some pieces of Civil War history are missing from the Cape Fear Museum in Wilmington. The museum staff noticed they were missing this morning.

The museum says someone stole:
-A United States Army oval brass belt plate (buckle) with “US” stamped on face
-A Confederate infantry brass button stamped with “I” on the face; aged green patina
-A Confederate artillery brass button stamped with “A” on face; aged brown patina
-Two Confederate North Carolina brass buttons stamped with “NC” and a seven-point starburst pattern; aged green patina

“It is very distressing that we would have been targeted in this manner,” curator Barbara Rowe said in a news release. “We take the security of our collections seriously and are working closely with New Hanover County Property Management, museum staff and the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office to thoroughly investigate this incident. Our utmost priority is working with the sheriff’s office to recover these objects to our collection.”

Anyone with any information on this crime should contact the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office Detective Division at (910) 798-4260.

The museum encourages pawn and antique business owners as well as private collectors of such objects to keep a watchful eye out in case they are offered anything resembling these items.

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4 Comments on "Civil War relics stolen from Cape Fear Museum"

2015 years 10 months ago

The article doesn’t mention if these artifacts were in a display or in their archives. If in the museum display, surely there was plexi or glass enclosures, and they should have surveillance cameras within the museum taking into account all the priceless items on display and in archive. If in the archives, would that mean it was an inside job? Or did the thieves break into the museum?

Again, could have been a very informative article, but alas, it only skims the surface.

2015 years 10 months ago

Not too hard to replace…there is even a guy a couple hours away with a Civil War relic business in New Bern…Battleground Antiques if I recall. I am sure he could help replace them. Hate a thief though, its a shame.

2015 years 10 months ago

These are rare, expensive and irreplaceable items. I hope they apprehend whoever did this and recover the items to be returned to the museum for all to enjoy.

2015 years 10 months ago

Unfortunate incident, but the items described are NOT rare or expensive and in fact are very common–which will make finding them hard. Clearly a need for improved security as you can’t really stop a determined thief; but you can sure slow them down a lot. Hope they get caught and prosecuted to the maximum.


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