In this series, we have selected 100 metal detecting finds that were extremely difficult to detect and recover, and provide details on the circumstances and techniques that contributed to their successful recovery.
KEEPER: This is a Medallion off of a Civil War saw.
SITE: Confederate picket post on old highway coming into a key Civil War town
SITE EVALUATION: 10 of 10 This yard seemed so large and obvious I was sure it was going to have been hunted hard in the past, but for some reason it was overlooked. Found scores of uncommon Confederate bullets, many Civil War camp items and accountrements, and my hunting partner found a 1785 Nova Constellatio coin, the oldest US coin I’ve ever seen dug. Incredible site.
PERMISSION: I parked at the base of the long driveway and walked up the hill to the house. The homeowner must have saw me coming, because he was waiting at the open door when I finally got there. He laughed because I had my hands on my knees and was trying to catch my breath from the steep walk up the hill. “And think I have to walk down there and back to get the mail every day.” Super friendly guy.
Find the Fire: On civil war sites where soldiers find, you will usually find bullets. If you find a concentration of melted bullets and melted lead, that is likely where a campfire was. Soldiers would use the gunpowder to start fires, especially when it was wet, and of course they would stay around the fire physically, especially when it was cold. I concentrated my efforts around where the fire was, and that is where 80% of my considerable number of finds came from.
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