James Carlos “Cotton” Reynolds of Perryville, Ky., began hunting local battlefields for Civil War artifacts as a youngster and then expanded his search to battlefields in the southeastern states.

Over a period of about 70 years, he had accumulated thousands of artifacts which will be auctioned Aug. 19, beginning at 10:30 a.m., by the Johnson Properties Auction Facility in Algier, N.C., near where one of Reynolds’s daughters lives.

The collection includes currency, bits, spurs, bridles, stirrups, uniforms, swords, buttons, cutlery and buckles, according to an online listing by the auction house. Internet bidding will be available through a simulcast of the auction.

In a story in the Danville, Ky., Advocate Messenger, Reynolds was known as the “walking encyclopedia” of  the  Battle of Perryville on Oct. 8, 1862, as well as Civil War history in general.