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    I read a story concerning buried pots of gold in N. Carolina by confederate soldiers along a set of RR tracks in 1864. Supposedly there was two flat cars loaded with iron pots filled with gold coins with the lids wired shut. They buried 3 pots per hole exactly 100 paces off of the tracks. The CW was nearing it's end & the reason they were buried is because Union forces were closing in on them & they didn't want this to fall into the hands of the Union.

    A version of this story of buried treasure was published in a magazine in mid 1990 and a few weeks later a man contacted the author for any additional information which the author provided. The inquiring gentleman stated he was a professional treasure hunter and was convinced he could find some of this treasure with a revolutionary new type of metal detector he constructed.

    Three months later this gentleman contacted the author and stated he had found 6 of the pots of gold and mailed a sizable check to this author for his "consultation fee". During the next three years he found another 6 pots!! Again, the author received a sizable check. The treasure hunter supposedly passed away in 2001 leaving his family an impressive inheritance.

    Has anyone heard of this story or have any different information or details concerning this? There seems to be some validity to this story since some of it was actually found.

    I am curious about this revolutionary new type of metal detector he supposedly constructed also. Shouldn't it be on the market?? Maybe it is.

    The story did strike my curiosity. Any information would be appreciated.
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    I have been told its all B.S. I rode around and checked it out a few years ago and the big no trespassing signs that are all over even tell that over 80 people have been arrested for trespassing. Ask Goldhunter, I think he is the one with some facts.

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    SWR,

    I have no details on the "revolutionary" new metal dectector. I am trying to contact the author of this story for more details/information. If I am able to contact him I will let you know what I find out.

    LeJeuene
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    "I am POSITIVE that the electronics in this fraud crap does not work. The electronics (or lack of electronics)
    WILL NOT transmit a resonating frequency 1 inch, let alone 1 mile.
    The electronics (or lack of electronics) WILL NOT sniff out floating gold ions." -Me

    What is this Is this how the "revolutionary" metal dectector is suppose to work? I am trying to get more information on the story....not the detector.

    RKinOI - When you checked this out this, did you go along the tracks any?

    LeJeuene
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    SWR - Oppps.... . Didn't look at it good enough the first time I guess. Thanks for clearing that up.

    LeJeuene

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    Do you know how deep these pots were supposedly buried? Did Goldhunter tell you by chance? Do you think they would be too deep for a metal detector?

    I am trying to get in touch with the author of the story I read. I don't know how much luck I will have with that but I am trying. I am still doing research. This story is very intriguing. If you get any more information, please let me know. Thanks alot.

    LeJeuene
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    In doing this research I saw some post back in 2004 saying they thought this story was not true. I can't find JW Duchase anywhere in the CW records that I have searched. Maybe the name was misspelled over the years. I can't seem to find much on company C of the 4th Mississippi Infantry either. I am still searching.

    I never heard the story about the college group. What happened after you were asked for an ID? If they were buried 2-3 feet deep a metal detector would not be able to detect them right??

    The author of the story I read is W.C. Jameson. If you come across anything else let me know. Thanks for the information.

    Happy New Year!!

    LeJeuene
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    It sounds like you do alot of researech beale.

    I realize treasure tales sells books and magazines but when an author states he was contacted by a professional hunter for further details on the locations & story and then states that the guy actually found 6 pots within 3 months and he sent this author a check for his "consultation fee" and another check within the next three years because he found another 6 pots is going a little too far in my opinion.

    If the story is not true then I do not understand this at all. I will continue researching this. Thanks for your information beale. You sound like your very knowlegable on this subject.

    BTW - When to spoke to Jameson, was it about this tale?

    LeJeuene
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    this story has circulated and been recopied over and again since at least 1902...if someone sent a check to jameson over it they evidentally haven't read many treasure type books as its in almost all large works and many smaller ones...hensons, terrys, many others and all type treasure mags have retold the story....there are newspaper accounts telling of the black man finding two pots in the field, but they are dated much earlier than the 20s-30s and not where youd expect.....the black man turned the 2 pots he found in the same hole over to the landowner he worked for and never sold a single coin anywhere...the landowner found an additional {reported} 1 pot. it is not known if he found it in the same spot or another...there is basis in the story, there is also much other in it i am not going to go in to. you will have to figure that out on your own....the story says they buried the pots 3 at a time 100 paces from the track...all evidence says they buried 2 at a time any short distance from the track...i have found two seperate holes, each with the imprint of two 30 quart iron cooking pots with three feet..neither was even close to 100 paces...the top of the pots would have been approximately 10-12 inches under ground...being large and iron and being buried 140+ years, any half decent detector should be able to pick them up due to leaching...my brother has dug many single rr spikes at greater depths with his 199.00 whites detector..a local old timer told me of a fellow who recovered two of these pots..he told me where he lived and i went there..he had passed away, his wife wouldn't talk about it other than to say the pots were in the yard....in the side yard, used as decoration, were two 30 quart cooking pots with 3 feet each.......the story relates the caches were not marked...there are private papers saying they were and telling how...its not my info and i am not at liberty to pass along the info so we will leave it at that.....i can say that if they were marked in the way the papers say that the markers would have been useless after a very short while as they wouldn't be there anymore...another thing to consider is the fact that in 1864-1865 the tracks through this area were laid upon the top of the ground....starting 2 years after the war and taking about 1 year, this rr bed was graded, cut, and filled before changing the gauge of the track from narrow gauge to the present gauge....so, the markers would have been gone and the whole area around alot of the track changed considerably within around 3 years which would have made recovering the caches quite a feat for the cachers......a real good reason you might not be able to find any Confederate records relating to duchase might be the fact that before leaving richmond judah benjamin burnt all known records relating to the Confederate secret service...they wouldn't have just intrusted such a job to any captain i don't think...there are many connected people to the dissappearances of the Confederate treasuries that you can not find out a single thing on in Official records...logical reason being in their title '' secret'' as in secret service........case in point, research the soldiers from ga killed between richmond and danville when the train car floor fell through...you will find no records relating to these fellows even though from their supposed deaths you can find info on eachs unit...they are not on any rosters or in unit histories other than telling of their deaths..reason most likely is that they were also secret service, as they were definantly being a part of a secret mission.....are they buried beside the tracks in va ? maybe...there are ''secret'' ceremonies there every year for the ?dead?.....can you call anyone anywhere and find where these burials are ? NO......but certain members of a certain organization still to this day go there once a year............i have searched nearly all of the 16 mile of tracks, some of it with a fine tooth comb...in this whole distance i was granted permission from only 2 land owners...one of these let me search his property for 3 days before telling me that the whole area i was interested in and looking over had been filled with about 20 feet of fill dirt in the early 1940s......the balance of the property owners are some of the most unpleasant people i have had the pleasure of meeting...i have been hollered/screamed at, cussed out, escorted from properties, once by a gun toting fellow with several days worth of tobacco juice dried to his face..i have had the sherrifs department called on me countless time, for parking my car on the side of the road, for walking the tracks, and for tresspassing on unposted land....one fellow, who happens to be a guilford county detective owns a very large property where everyone wants to start their search,,,his signs the last time i was there are about 8 feet square and proclaim that so far 200 and something people so far have been arrested tresspassing on his property.........is the story true about the 6 recoveries ? maybe but i do not think so.....i have only seen one recent excavation, it being approximately 6 ft by 6 ft by 6 ft...all dirt removed from site, no indentions of pots in the bottom...i seriously think the hole a bit much for soldiers digging with hand tools while also being in a great hurry to hide such small pots......i did hear a few years back that a couple recoveries had been recently made, but chalk this up to braggiocondo either from an unsuccessful hunter or an equipment salesman......are there any pots left ? maybe, but be advised you will have several obstacles to overcome in your search for them...............gldhntr

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    Beale...That was in a book that I purchased from Barnes & Noble. It was a book of different stories and this story is the only one in the book that had an "author's note" in it explaining what I mentioned earlier about him receiving this check from the treasure hunter.

    I am continuing my search. I just love the history and mystery. If you come up with anything let me know.

    LeJeuene
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    Thanks SWR. I am still on the hunt....ha. This research stuff is not very easy as it pulls you in different directions but I am a novice at this but it has been fun.

    I don't know who Albert & Todd are. If they are gldhntr & beale, yes, great posts. I had to laugh at gldhntr's post about the gun toting guy with several days of tobacco juice on his face. The image that instantly popped in my head was hilarious. Sorry for laughing gldhntr. I am quite sure at the time it happened it was NOT funny at all but I just loved that story.

    Thanks for your input guys & anymore would be appreciated. Take care.

    LeJeuene

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    I believe Clive Cussler Who has done more research about the civil war than most of us put together. He said in one of his books he never ran across gold on the ships or in any other areas. The army of both sides payed their troops with paper money. I just personally donít think they ran around with wagons, trains, cannons or anything ells full of gold. To many stories are to far fetched to believe.

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    This story is referenced in the "UNITED STATES TREASURE ATLAS" Volume 7 by Thomas P Terry.

    Per this story, the pots are buried spread out over a 16 mile portion of track East of McLeansville.

    One pot was found by a farm hand, and 3 more by the farmer in the early 1900's.

    It also states treasure authority Robert Nesmith vouched for this story, but died before he could search for any of the gold.

    This book was published in 1985.

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    It would be nice if you could really get some solid historical info. I have read thing on state web sites, maps, publications and found little info that really matched the real thing. nice to be able to get your teeth into something solid. I'm starting a new thread about a story in Jarbidge that the real story is not not what you read.

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    Re: Buried Pots Of Gold / NC

    Quote Originally Posted by lejeuene
    If they were buried 2-3 feet deep a metal detector would not be able to detect them right??

    LeJeuene
    I believe my Pulse Detector would easily detect 2-3 feet pot full of gold.

 

 
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