May 01, 2012, 06:19 PM
Civil War Fort in the Burbs
On Sunday I had the privilege of metal detecting in and around an old civil war fort that is now all but gone. The area, along a valley that was once vast with fields and dotted with mills is now just another neighborhood in the suburb of Washington DC. The home, which I detected, sits directly center of where the fort once stood. The only remains of the earthen and wood fortification is the large brick powder room. This powder room is a treat to be able to visit and spend time in. It felt like I was on hallowed ground when I began walking down the steps into the underground. Names of Soldiers and their units are still visible on the plastered brick walls. The columns and craftsmanship is a true marvel. I’ll let the pictures do the talking. All finds come from Saturday and Sunday and were found both inside the fort and outside (which consisted of seeking permission from 3 different homeowners). The legwork was months in the making but it was nice to finally get out there and dig..both days of the week! On Saturday I was outside the fort walls with IFoundIt (link to Saturday post here). That hunt was great as IFoundIt found a few J Hooks. Although I was solo on Sunday, hopefully we can both get back there another day soon and unearth some nice CW relics soon…
I would love some help on the iron piece. It measures about 17 inches. Could it be a rusted out bayonet? It was within the forts perimeter. Has anyone seen a naval/merchant button like that? Thoughts on the horse would be of interest as well.
Best of luck to all.
Last edited by DeadheadDigger; May 06, 2012 at 07:28 PM.
May 01, 2012, 06:25 PM
Very cool area and finds... Congrats
May 01, 2012, 08:35 PM
Wow I had no idea Elvis fought in the war between the states! Nice finds it looks like you have a good spot. I dont believe you piece of iron is a bayonet it seems too big Keep at it I'm sure there is more.
May 01, 2012, 09:18 PM
Cool finds and Great pictures Don't think you have a bayonet keep up the good work.
If ever a time should come, when vain and aspiring men shall possess the highest seats in Government, our country will stand in need of its experienced patriots to prevent its ruin."
May 01, 2012, 09:51 PM
Forgot to post these finds which were from the Sunday hunt.
What is the tag that reads "PH" thats a little smaller than a dime. I've seen them on here before but forget what they are exactly.
I recall some people are into collecting them.
May 02, 2012, 07:51 AM
Congratulations on the fine relics man , the lead P.H item is a bail seal . And that powder room looks like a place ghost hunters should investigate spooky looking but cool !
May 04, 2012, 06:41 PM
When I was leavin the owner asked if I detected in the powder room. I said no. He said next time give it a try. He went onto day as long as I put the bricks back, he's got no problem with it.
May 04, 2012, 06:47 PM
Thanks for posting photos of the powder room. Kudos to the owner for saving it and not paving it over. Some real history there. Well done!!
Respect the research and permissions of others...
May 04, 2012, 07:09 PM
Very nice recoveries. I am sure there is plenty more waiting to be found.
May 04, 2012, 11:28 PM
Nice assortment of finds
May 05, 2012, 01:07 AM
Holy-Coin-oly, Jealous and drooling. GREAT finds, congrats...
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