A federal jury on Friday awarded $800,000 to Maj. Gen. George E. Pickett’s great-great grandson, who said he was swindled into selling his famous ancestor’s artifacts for just a fraction of their worth.
The jury found that George E. Pickett V, of Wilmington, N.C., was defrauded by Russ Pritchard III and his Bryn Mawr company, the American Ordnance Preservation Association, which paid him $87,500 for a trunk full of Civil War artifacts and then sold them two weeks later to the City of Harrisburg for $880,000.
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