Recent 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

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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 Alan Smith.



This rare "V" buckle was recovered by the Orgosell father and son relic hunting team in the Richmond, VA area on January 13, 2013.

Nicely done!


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.

Gone Fishin'

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

Tennessee Find

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


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 Tennessee


October 22, 2010

Quindy Robertson recovers his own family's history.

"I 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

Interesting 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

More Virginia 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

Georgia Button Just Found!

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

Confederate Brass Found!

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.