Metal Detector Used: Other (800-0300)
In the summer of 1864, the Battle of Peachtree Creek raged several miles from present-day downtown Atlanta. Now the area is elegant homes, cutting-edge hospitals and struggling strip malls. Three months ago, Allen, my digging buddy, and I had hunted in the vicinity and found Union fired bullets beside dropped Enfield's; on the facing ridge, the opposite was true. A few weeks ago, we decided to go back with our newest machines, an XLT for me and a V3 for Allen. I got there first, noticed a couple of dig holes and realized that we may have missed our opportunity. But, our motto is never try, never know. So, when Allen arrived, off we tromped.
Not far from the car, I got a faint repeatable signal. It sounded deep and came in at about 60 on the meter. I was in a spot where I had hunted several times before with machines that were not White's. I thought there was no way could I still get a signal, but something was down there about 5 inches below me. I carefully turned up the soil and a small patina-stained tube spilled into the bottom of the hole. A Spencer cartridge! A couple of feet away, I found another one. Within half an hour, I had five tucked away in my pocket. All were in an arm's reach of each other.
I stood there and looked toward the Confederate line, not more than 75 yards away. In an instant, I could see the bullets whizzing by my position, and feel the explosions of artillery. The spot I had knelt to dig the relics was probably where a Union cavalry officer crouched and fired his rifle at the enemy. As I contemplated the scene, an ambulance screamed down the hill and broke up the moment. I returned to my digging and watched Allen scare up a Williams cleaner, a piece of a fuse, other bullets and a couple of Mercury dimes.
All in all, it was an interesting day—we got out of the house, found some relics and had a brief intersection with the trauma of Civil War days. And while others had passed over the targets we dug up, our White's detectors wouldn't let us.
Thanks White's for a great time and for even better machines!!Michael