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  1. #1
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    Feb 2012
    virginia
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    First confederate button?

    I went detecting at my familyís property in Prince William County, VA. I have hunted there in the past with little to nothing found. Last year I went and found a .45 cal minie and 2 marine corps 2 piece buttons. I tried to get them dated with no luck. All I was told is that they are old.

    Last weekend, a buddy of mine came along with me to the property to test out some new bang bang toys and before we left I figured take out the machine for a few mins as the sun was setting. We found a sharps .52 cal(I think) on our first hole and a brass frame buckle a few mins later.

    Needless to say I had to get back out there this weekend. Today I went to another section of the property where I have never swung the coil before. Boy am I glad I got out there and chose the random location I did. I found a flat button first and was encouraged about the area. Next thing I know the iron audio on my Garret AT Pro is singing and Iím getting hits all over the place. I didnít realize until I got home and started inspecting everything that one of the eagles on the buttons looked a little different. Iím pretty sure itís an A.V.C. Militia button. The one cuff button I found is encrusted and I am terrified to clean it because I figure it has potential of being a good one. Probably my best days of digging and itís even more special because it was on my familyís property that has been in the family since the early 19th century.
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    Jan 2013
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    Finding what you have and with your description of all that iron, I would bet you stumbled upon a Confederate camp. You better dig the iron too, especially the big hits, could be some nice iron relics and all that iron masks lots of good brass too.

  3. #3
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    Feb 2012
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    Yea I’ve only combed the area and there is a lot more area to check. A majority came from a 15 square yard area but the iron seems endless. I will be back everyday after work more than likely. I found several plows and other miscellaneous large iron pieces. Several appeared to be sections of barrel bands.

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    Oh man thatís a good button. I bet there is still a lot of gold on it hidden under the dirt.

  5. #5
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    My buddy told me that, it just seems so encrusted I dont want to damage it. I have never found a rare button before and the others I have tried to clean have not turned out great.
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    Very Nice!!! Congrats!!!
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    What would life be without challenges, and detecting of course.....

  7. #7
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    Feb 2012
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    Thanks! My hearts still pumping.
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    Looks like you might have a good one.

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    CS IS NEXT

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    Really!! First confederate button!! I hate you What a beauty. Re-post that when you get her all cleaned up. Nice save

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    Use tooth picks to manually clean it. You can stop at any stage you want to. Great find. DO NOT use chemicals or lemon juice.
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  11. #11
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    Feb 2012
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    I may try and commission someone to clean this for me. Anyone have any recommendations around Fredericksburg? I’d hate to destroy a rare piece of history.
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    Sep 2018
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    Quote Originally Posted by ihatedirtbikes View Post
    I may try and commission someone to clean this for me. Anyone have any recommendations around Fredericksburg? I’d hate to destroy a rare piece of history.
    Looks like you have site with great potential and congrats on the great stuff you've found so far!
    maybe not a bad idea. Go to a local metal detecting club. Someone there could probably help you. I used the button cleaning method that was posted on here with Naval Jelly / aluminum jelly and I almost ruined one of the best buttons I've found to date. Got to be real careful with chemicals.

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    Great find!!! You may try contacting the Northern Virginia Relic Hunters Association, Northern Virginia Relic Hunters Associatiion A number of members live down the Fredericksburg area (they also host a CW Show there every year).
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  14. #14
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    Since I found a majority of these items within a smaller zone, would it be worth running the dirt through a sifter? I dont know enough about the type of camp it was but I don’t want to clear away the surface relics and potentially leave a hut or pit to be forgotten forever. I have been seeing random OLD bricks scattered which leads me to believe there may have been a hut or two.
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    Congrats on the nice relics!
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