Five Commonly Misidentified Civil War Relics

Five Commonly Misidentified Civil War Relics

I’ve detected for over 30 years, but only started detecting Civil War relics over the last couple of years.  As a result, I’ve learned the valuable lesson to never throw anything away if you are are not sure what it is.  I keep an old military footlocker in my garage full of whats-its.   And occasionally I dive in and desperately search and pull out treasures that I recognize on the forums, e-Bay or Facebook posts of another detectorist.  “Hey I have one of those!” is a great feeling, as long as you didn’t throw it away.  Here are five commonly mis-identified Civil War relics I’ve found and didn’t recognize:

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Artillery Fuse

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HotchkissI dug this Hotchkiss fuse over a foot deep in a yard in Nashville in October.  I’m going to be dead honest and tell you I thought it was some type of oil or transmission plug or spark plug for a tractor or other heavy equipment.  If it wasn’t for the guy I was detecting with, who absolutely tripped out and started celebrating on my behalf, I seriously may have tossed it into the bushes.

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  1. Donnie Vaughn at 4:11 pm

    Very good article Clark. We have all learned the hard way and I threw away things back years ago, that I should have kept for sure. Knowledge is the key.

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