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Item Found: Relic

Location: Virginia

Metal Detector Used: M-Series (800-0308)


April 1st, 2011

Hi White's,

I've been working some colonial sites and Civil War areas when limited time and during the winter, weather permits. The bell is from a site dating to early 1800s. It was as carved out of a large parcel of land owned by one of the original founding families of Loudoun County, VA

Coin is an 1895-S Barber quarter - a bit hard to see the S. This was actually uncovered at a mid-1700s site in Loudoun County, VA. Home was supposedly designed by Thomas Jefferson, who, along with George Washington were both supposed visitors. We were looking for much older artifacts when this showed up. We'll re-hit the site at some point.

The grouping of relics is from an early Civil War camp area in MD that appeared to have both Union and Confederate troops. Someone beat us to the main camp but this small collection came from what appears to be a Union picket camp. We'll hit the main camp again and concentrate on fire pits and deep iron. Hopefully will be able to pop some intact bottles along with camp remnants, the farm apparently housed the Union commanders HQ for several months.

The single bullet is actually a .58 minie ball carved into what appears to be a chess piece - a knight. What's really cool about this is it actually stands up, the head is carved in the shape of a horse/snake and it looks like there is an eye in the center of the head. Part of the Union picket camp.

Button is a one piece brass Benedict & Burnham button - Waterbury, CT. Looks to be 1840s or so. Found on the same site but near an area that appeared to have a small cavalry camp. We need to revisit that site also.

Have a great spring!

Cory (VA)

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