With the holiday break, I've made a lot of progress on the exploratory survey of the Civil War Union campsite in NE Kentucky. It's been incredibly enjoyable combination of research, reading, field time and cataloging.
I have been doing research on a large property which contains known US Civil War action, and I'm starting to build a data set - venturing even to construct several hypothesis about what happened there which I look forward to presenting to experts far more seasoned than I.
Fun find near the location of a Union hospital in Central Kentucky was this Naval Petty Officer button from the union army. I plan to offer it to the property owner after cleaning. Found with Deus XP at 6″ – running 12khz with relic mode in the iron… two square nails in the hole with
The Henry Clay Estate is a fixture in Lexington, and has a rich, rich history. Henry Clay was known as “The Great Compromiser,” Clay (1777-1852) was a noted lawyer, politician and statesman who served three terms as our nation’s speaker of the House and also served as secretary of state under President John Quincy Adams.
I found this story almost unbelievable. Dave Wise was hunting a 1750s home in Connecticut and found all of these at one site. He recounted the story here: “‘I’m not even sure today was real! Todd picked me up & we went back down to the 1750’s home he found his GW at 2 weeks
A couple of recent hunts and a previously lost clip finding an 1838 half dime!
I decided to hit a local town and do some freestyling. I drove around a bit in a historic area and ended up seeing a place with a beautiful big yard, dating from around 1830-1840. I built up the nerve and knocked on the door. The owner couldn’t be any nicer. He had bought the
At a church location from the 1830s, I found this designed flat button at around 5″ with the E-Trac. It rank up as a 12-44 and is a bit larger than a US Quarter. The shank is intact. There are no maker’s marks or writing on back. I’ve found plenty of flat buttons but
Found, at an early 1800s site, a Grand Army of the Republic Button. It’s in poor condition and thus shows how mportant it is to get these artifacts out of the ground. At least this was rescued before it dissolved completely. “The Grand Army of the Republic was founded in 1866 by Benjamin F. Stephe nson
Did some freestyling today and ended up at a 1853 farmhouse with a wonderful set of owners. Funny I always start out unsure about freestyling but seem to always land in a good spot .. As LONG AS I don’t coward out and spend the day at a hunted out park like I used to!!!