100 FINDS IN 100 DAYS: #46 Civil War Federal Rifleman’s Button

100 FINDS IN 100 DAYS: #46 Civil War Federal Rifleman’s Button

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 fairly rare Federal Eagle button.  The designations of these are generally distinguished by the letter on the shield.  In somewhat order of rarity, a general service button has no letter, then there is an “I” for infantry, a “C” for Cavalry, an “R” for Rifleman, an “A” for Artillery and a “D” for Dragoon.

SITE:  Civil war camp on a hill near a spring

SITE EVALUATION: 10 of 10  All kinds of stuff came out of this site.  Wow.

PERMISSION:  Organized Middle TN Metal Detecting Club hunt.

KEY PRINCIPLES:

No site is hunted out:  The club had hunted this site multiple times, and no telling who else had hit this.  30 or more detectorists all day, several times.  And every time we go back several killer finds come out of here.

Heavy iron:  Heavy iron is particularly never hunted out.  Go extremely slow, hit it sloooowly at different angles.  Small coil.  Above all, your hard work in a bitch of an iron infested test garden will increase your skill in iron.

Dead center of a “hunted out” site:  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve found a killer find right in the most obvious, geometric center part of a site.  This was in the dead center of the highest part of the top of the hill nearest the spring.

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