Recent Relic Recoveries

Below is Virginia relic hunter Darrell Mann proudly showing off his recent find of an unusual and very rare Confederate 3-inch Read artillery shell variation, whose copper sabot has four filed-in flame grooves instead of the typical three. Darrell recovered it on September 4, 2019 from a creek bed in central Virginia. Peter George, co-author of "Field Artillery Projectiles of the American Civil War", stated that this example was the first and only four flame-groove Read he had seen dug in Virginia. It is believed to have been an experimental example of testing the flame groove's effectiveness. But even with four, this fired specimen's fuse did not ignite.

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The following militia buckle was just recovered yesterday, August 25, 2019, in the Lewisburg, WV area by relic hunter Ken Jennings.



The following coin, dated 1722, was recovered by Virginia relic hunter Larry Hardin in the Appomattox, VA area on February 25, 2019. Nice find Larry!