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CIVIL WAR RELICS
Civil War Relic Recoveries
Civil War relics are still being recovered today.
This page is devoted to pictures of some recently recovered relics.
The relics pictured on this page are not for sale
This page last updated September 10, 2015
PO Box 6425
Charlottesville, VA 22906
Petersburg CS Brass & Lead
Relic hunter Michael Elder unearthed some confederate brass &
lead with finding his FIRST CS wreath along with a Gardner bullet. Michael
was using his Garrett Ace 350 metal detector when these popped out of the ground
on private property in Petersburg, VA.
Remember Mike, you'll never forget your first time!!
Santa Claus paid an early visit to Anthony Gray this year as Anthony unwrapped
the following SNY (State of New York) belt plate from the Five Forks, VA area on
December 5, 2014.
Rocky Mountain High
This handsome sword belt
plate, numbered "294" was recently recovered in West Union, West Virginia by
This rare "V" buckle was recovered by the Orgosell father and son relic hunting
team in the Richmond, VA area on January 13, 2013.
Josh Tyree, who recently hunted with
Quindy Robertson and Doug Holder, recovered this CS droop wing staff officer
button in the tent lines at a U.S. camp between Gallatin and Hartsville, TN.
Smilin' Snake Eye
Doug Holder and Quindy Robertson were hunting a U.S. infantry camp used by
Ind. and Ohio troops for 12 days in Dec.1862 following the Battle of Hartsville,
TN. where Doug recovered this cool carved snake or lizard head bullet. The next
issue of North South Trader will have Quindy's article about our hunting that
camp during February 2012.
Doug Holder and Quindy Robertson
were hunting a 1862 U.S. Infantry camp in middle Tennessee on February 22, 2012
when Doug recovered this finely carved fishing sinker made from a .58 cal. 3
ring bullet. It's a nice one!!
More Finds From Quindy's World!
December 27, 2011
We were hunting the CSA camp where I dug the KY button on Monday. My buddy
dug a .58 and it was in a clod. Since I was going to write another article for N
S Trader, I had my little camera in my cargo pants. I snapped a pic and he
pulled the bullet from the clod. I turned around to go to my detector and he
said "Look at that". I snapped another pic of the lead oxide impression in the
clod in the moist dirt. It dried and disappeared quickly. Regards, Quindy.
December 23, 2011
Josh and I hunted Morgan's camp at Hartsville for 4.5
hours today and found a few relics. Josh dug the iron ball puller, and carved .
58 cal. acorn like bullet (about 100 yards from where I dug mine), a "57" base
marked Enfield. I just had buck 'n balls, balls, a Burnside cartridge end,
Burnside bullet, 4 .69 balls, and a dropped 3 ringer. Note the bent up bottle
cap looking piece above the 3 ringer and Burnside in the upper right. Now, look
at the second picture. That the underside of the bent up piece. Tell Mr.
William it's a top piece of a KENTUCKY 3 pc. button. The pic is of the gilded
underside. The button top being bent over helped preserve the gilding on the
underside. I think Robert McDaniel can make it look better and he agrees. I'm
hoping it's the Staff Officer version.. No KY buttons were ever
discovered in that camp (discovered by Donnie & Julia Vaughn) that we know of
and a Texas cuff is the only other state button recovered there and probably
lost by one of Col. Gano's Texas Rangers camped with Morgan there in the autumn
of 1862. FYI, Quindy.
September 20, 2011
Quindy Does it Again!
The following carved .69 caliber three ring bullet was carved into an
acorn and was recovered Sept. 20, 2011 by Quindy Robertson. It was
recovered from a Gen. John Hunt Morgan CSA camp in Middle Tennessee.
October 25, 2011
The following rosette with heart was recovered Oct. 25, 2011 by Quindy
Robertson. It was recovered about 100 yards from where he also found a CS
militia buckle 12 years earlier! This rosette measures 2.25 inches in
diameter and has an iron back.
Keep up the good work Quindy!
November 15, 2010
CAN YOU ID THESE BUTTONS?
The following 2 buttons were just recovered in a Confederate campsite in
the Petersburg, Va. area by Bryan Avery. The first example has a silver
face and an iron back
Let us know if you can ID them with an email to
October 31, 2010
The following plate was just recovered as described
below by Quindy Robertson:
"Doug and I went relic hunting near Carthage this morning (October 29, 2010)
and only found 9 pieces of canister shot. We returned to Hartsville and ate
lunch. I ran some errands and came home to check some cows who were calving.
Doug (Holder) said he was going to hunt an old home on his way back to
Lafayette, TN. I think he did O.K. Atlanta style with all 3 hooks intact."
Boy, I'll agree with that! Congrats to Doug Holder of
October 22, 2010
Robertson recovers his own family's history.
dug a good one Tuesday at a Gen. John Hunt Morgan 1863 Camp not too far from
home. It is a 16 mm cuff with good shank and solid with the "Lambert & Mast/Philada"
back mark. Larry Hicklen says that it is the only Alabama artifact ever
recovered there. Morgan's troops were from TN, KY, & Texas at this camp. Only 2
state buttons were dug there and they were pre war KY buttons as far as we know.
I had 2 Great, Great Uncles enlisted with him there. One formally enlisted at
that camp as I have his papers. Enjoy, Quindy."
October 12, 2010
brass find, but what is it?
Let us know what you think it is.
The following relic was recently recovered by relic hunter Will Russell in a
New York cavalry camp in Opal, Virginia. If anyone has any suggestions as
to what this relic is, then please let me know via email and I will post the
information right here.
July 13, 2010
Brass Just Found!
The following were recently recovered by Drew Walls at his family's Virginia
home near Chickahominy Bluffs located on the
outer defenses of Richmond.
June 16, 2010
The following Georgia state seal button was recently recovered by
Tom Shuman in Loudon, TN.
April 3, 2010
Drew Walls Finds More Relics!
The following were recovered within the last 2 weeks by
Drew Walls at his family's Virginia home near Chickahominy Bluffs located on the
outer defenses of Richmond.
March 25, 2010
The following Confederate fork tongue frame buckle was recently recovered by
Drew Walls at his family's Virginia home near Chicahominy Bluffs located on the
outer defenses of Richmond.
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