Relic hunters vital but troublesome for Civil War history

Jeremy Miller from LaFayette, Ind., looks at a display case of Civil War artifacts, most of which were donated by local citizens, at the Chickamauga Battlefield Visitor's Center on Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015, near Fort Oglethorpe, Ga.

Civil War artifacts in the last century have gone from common leftovers of yesteryear to historic relics subject to federal laws that can land unauthorized history hunters behind bars.

As laws have changed, so have people's perceptions, and some history buffs believe reality television shows like "American Digger" could be fueling a shift from responsible archaeology to profit-seeking treasure hunting.

Two Tennessee men recently were sentenced to 30 months in federal prison for illegally excavating and collecting artifacts from sites in Marion and Hardin counties in Tennessee and in Jackson County, Ala.

Alexander seeks to expand Shiloh military park lands

U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., on Wednesday introduced legislation that would expand the boundary of Shiloh National Military Park to include three Civil War battlefields in Tennessee and Mississippi and designate Parker’s Crossroads as an affiliated area of the National Park System.In