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  1. #1
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    Filling in the missing pages of history, one dig at a time..

    May 2011
    Virginia
    AT Pro, Fisher F75
    310
    89 times
    Relic Hunting

    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.
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  2. #2
    us
    May 2010
    Claremore OK
    White's XLT/ Garrett AT Pro/ Ace 250
    1,809
    150 times
    Very cool area and finds... Congrats
    God Bless...

  3. #3
    us
    Jan 2010
    Va for Now!!!!
    Minelab E-Trac, Sun-ray X-5 coil and X-1 Probe
    600
    166 times
    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.

  4. #4
    us
    Jan 2011
    Dalton,Ga.
    Whites MXT, E Trac, Garrett Pro Pinpointer
    2,964
    447 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    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."
    -Samuel Adams-

  5. #5
    us
    Filling in the missing pages of history, one dig at a time..

    May 2011
    Virginia
    AT Pro, Fisher F75
    310
    89 times
    Relic Hunting
    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.
    DHD
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  6. #6
    us
    Dec 2007
    Prince William County ,VA
    Whites spectrum xlt ,fisher 1270, fisher F5 ,AT PRO ,fisher f2
    1,148
    352 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Banner Finds (1)
    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 !

  7. #7
    us
    Filling in the missing pages of history, one dig at a time..

    May 2011
    Virginia
    AT Pro, Fisher F75
    310
    89 times
    Relic Hunting
    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.

  8. #8
    us
    Dec 2011
    West of the Mississippi
    Teknetics G2, Garrett ProPointer
    1,117
    305 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Banner Finds (1)
    Honorable Mentions (2)
    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...Seriously...



  9. #9
    us
    Apr 2009
    Maryland
    Minelab CTX3030
    1,240
    45 times
    Relic Hunting
    Very nice recoveries. I am sure there is plenty more waiting to be found.

  10. #10
    us
    CASPER

    Jan 2012
    NEW ENGLAND
    WHITE'S XLT, PI PRO, GARRETT 2500, FISHER CZ21s, JW FISHER 8X
    5,749
    2649 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Honorable Mentions (3)
    Nice assortment of finds
    "Casper" - coincidence -check it out - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Casper_(name) -
    Motto = "I try to hit where others cant or others wont "

  11. #11
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    Rob

    Apr 2012
    Southern Maryland
    Whites Prism IV
    135
    5 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Holy-Coin-oly, Jealous and drooling. GREAT finds, congrats...

 

 

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