Maurice "Sam" Small began his study and acquisition of artifacts from the American Civil War at a young age.  Raised in a small house across from the Sherfy Farm on the Gettysburg Battlefield, he and his siblings spent many summers walking the woods, streams and farms on the battlefield. In 1971, with the founding of "The Horse Soldier", he became fascinated with the collectors and amount of knowledge shared by the many people who stopped in their small shop.  After graduating from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1981 he continued his studies in Economics at the University of Pittsburgh for a few years only to realize that his calling was being a dealer in military antiques.  Along with his brother Wes and parents Chet and Pat, they grew the business to what it has become today.  Married since 1989, he and his wife Cathy have three children – Andrew, Rachel and Michelle – all of whom have worked at various times for the company.

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