Treasure Finds and Stories
140 Year Old Civil War Time Capsule Found - Full of Relics
About 20 years ago a friend told me about "Relic Hunting." He took me out one day and after the first 3 ringer I was hooked!
Now-a-days my favorite place to hunt is private property, with permission of course, for Civil War relics. I've also gotten into beach hunting in Virginia and the Outer Banks, N.C.
My best find so far includes a lot of things which were all firsts for me. I was using a Nautilus DMC IIB that I was very familiar with - it was my machine of choice for 5 over 5 years. I also had my Gator trowel with me to help dig.
After about three hours out, my Nautilus read a deep iron signal in a place that's called "Stoneman's Switch," a very well known Civil War winter camp site, or "hut." I started digging with my friend Cory who was with me, and about 2.5 feet down I hit the "barrel bands" that were used as a chimney on old winter huts from the Civil War camps.
What lay beneath my finger tips was a 140 year old time capsule that contained a variety of relics including buttons, bullets, bottles, coins, a religious medal and a comb. The value of this cache is literally priceless, and I can't describe the excitement I felt upon finding it.
The attached photos show the ground conditions I found this in, a picture of a Confederate button with bullets in the background, and two 1861 coins - front and back. Enjoy!- Jeff B. Newport News, Virgina