100 FINDS IN 100 DAYS: #91: Civil War Early Militia Button

100 FINDS IN 100 DAYS: #91: Civil War Early Militia Button

Note:   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:  Early Militia Button almost certainly worn by a Confederate Soldier.  They wore pretty much whatever they could get their hands on, especially at the beginning of the war.

SITE:  Old Farmhouse in Civil War area

SITE EVALUATION:  5 of 10  As expected, had been hunted hard in the past.  I managed several tough targets.  A buffalo nickel, a WW1 collar disc, and a couple flat buttons.   This place had been a post-Prohibition juke joint, so there were hundreds of whisky bottle caps everywhere.

PERMISSION:  A very welcome unprompted permission by my next door neighbor.  She knew the property owners, hooked it up and texted me.  Wow.

KEY PRINCIPLES:

Hunt the Driveways:  If the driveway isn’t paved, hunt it.  Yeah I know you have to hack through a foot of hard gravel to get below it, but if the site is good but hunted hard in the past, lots of stuff is going to be under that drive and almost no one would have worked that hard to get to it.   This button was directly under the drive.  Took me a good ten minutes to recover at only eight inches.  Lucky I didn’t tear it up.

Tell Everyone you Know and Meet that You Detect:  Had my neighbor not know I detected and was always looking for sites, I would not have got this free permission setup

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