The Spear That Stoked the Civil War

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The detectives are back with a new mission: Solving the biggest mysteries in American history! History Detectives Special Investigations premieres Tuesday, July 1, 2014.

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A matched set of Civil War-era pistols.

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Clint Black learns about an old book of wanted posters.

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Civil War Letters, Aviation Fabric & African American...

Civil War Letters, Aviation Fabric & African American...

History Detectives

A story of two Civil War letters, mystery aviation autographs & a 1950s black comic book.

John Brown Spear, US Bullet in Siberia & Ronald McDonald...

John Brown Spear, US Bullet in Siberia & Ronald McDonald...

History Detectives

A spear from John Brown's raid, America's Siberian war and Ronald McDonald's first suit.

Japanese Cane, Revolutionary Telescope & I.W. Baker's...

Japanese Cane, Revolutionary Telescope & I.W. Baker's...

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An internment camp cane, the spyglass that saw revolution and a rare gold rush relic.

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Wednesday
11/26/14 9:00 PM
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Wednesday
11/26/14 10:00 PM
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Wednesday
12/3/14 12:00 AM
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Wednesday
12/3/14 1:00 AM
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The Chisholm Trail; Harry Houdini Poster; McKinley Casket Flag Coca-Cola Trade Card; Vicksburg Map; Lawrence Strike Orphan Film Reel; Chinese Opium Scale; Hermann Goering's Shotgun Survivor Camera; Alcoholics Anonymous Letter; Tallahassee Mystery Cross

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Wes Cowan looks into whether this antique spear weapon was part of abolitionist John Brown's notorious Harpers Ferry raid. Our contributor bought the spear, or pike, from an antique shop in Chagrin Falls, Ohio where John Brown is known to have lived. Follow Wes on the trail to the blacksmith who forged the weapon over 150 years ago and the ground at Harpers Ferry where the battle took place.

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