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  1. #1

    Nov 2006
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    civil war caches in wv

    Does any one have any info or stories for wv. I heard there was a lot of money lost in a swamp or river. It was one of two. I think it was a payroll but not sure. I also have others I am looking into but nothing big.

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  3. #2

    Feb 2005
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    Re: civil war caches in wv

    Hi,

    In Thomas P. Terry's Treasure atlas, a hastily buried Civil War payroll is mentioned for Logan Co. W.VA.

    Cavers5

  4. #3

    Nov 2006
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    Re: civil war caches in wv

    Thanks is there any other things out there you would know about

  5. #4

    Feb 2005
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    Re: civil war caches in wv

    Well, I've been researching Confederate history, especially the Knights of the Golden Circle, James-Younger gang, etc. Some of my family members were Confederate officers/soldiers and we have some interesting stories that were passed down via the generations. Some of those stories included people and places in W. Va. I had some ancestors that actually went to W.VA to hideout! So, I've been collecting as much data as I can, primarily for geneaological use. Of course, I love the treasure stories as well!

    Cavers5

  6. #5

    Nov 2006
    cape may nj
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    Re: civil war caches in wv

    If there is anything you can tell me I will look into it and try to find any info for you. My family is all over WV its the state where everyone is related lol but it is pretty true. thank Erik

  7. #6

    Feb 2005
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    Re: civil war caches in wv

    Yep, you got that right, it's inbreeding, for sure!

    LOL! Same thing can be said for KY. Oh, well.

    Well, here's one I've had on the backburner: Comes from Robert Marx's book, Buried Treasure of the United States: "In the early 1900s a Dennis Atkins is alleged to have buried about $200,000 in gold coins along the east bank of the Tug Fort River, near the toll bridge, just north of Kermit, State 52, Mingo Co."

    I'm guessing he means Tug Fork. I haven't done any research on this one to see if Atkins even existed.

    Let me know if you would like to collaborate.

    Cavers5

  8. #7

    Nov 2006
    cape may nj
    garrett cx
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    Re: civil war caches in wv

    have to check that out sounds good

  9. #8

    Oct 2006
    West Virginia
    Bounty Hunter
    513

    Re: civil war caches in wv

    I know the name, Adkins, is a fairly common name in that general area, from Kanawha county to Mingo and Logan counties.

    I've done a little research on the web myself, on Civil War history. Have found some minor bits about troop movements but nothing really major. Except the Burning Springs story, but I haven't found any treasure stories connected to that.

    Here where I live, a new park was just opened at the site of a military hospital during the Civil War, 750,000 troops passed through there. The whole hilltop is soon to be developed into upscale housing.

  10. #9

    Feb 2005
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    Re: civil war caches in wv

    Good grief! I hope you can detect that area...like yesterday!!!

    Cavers5

  11. #10

    Oct 2006
    West Virginia
    Bounty Hunter
    513

    Re: civil war caches in wv

    I was bitten by the bug too late, should have gotten up there before work began on the park, spent some evenings there as a teenager but never thought of relic hunting.

    The outlying areas are still fair game, but I plan to at least ask about MD'ing certain areas in the park. The old arsenal of the fort is clearly marked out, but it looks like they may done some digging there when building the park.

    Besides the fort and the hospital, there was a dance hall there at one time.

    EDIT- Looking around last night, I found a story about a buried payroll on the Tug Fork at Chapmanville.

    Also, another story about a lost silver mine on the Gauley. I'll post the links if I can find them.

  12. #11

    Nov 2006
    cape may nj
    garrett cx
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    Re: civil war caches in wv

    hey let me in on the mine i am in lol That sounds good for me I like hunting for big things tired of the little stuff

  13. #12

    Oct 2006
    West Virginia
    Bounty Hunter
    513

    Re: civil war caches in wv

    Here's a link to two short stories, the silver mine and the payroll buried along the Tug Fork ($6000 in gold). Not the same link I found earlier, but the same stories, didn't think it would be that hard to find again.

    See what you think:
    http://www.losttreasure.com/statetales/taleWV.cfm

    EDIT- The payroll is said to be buried on the Guyandotte, after crossing the Tug Fork. Sorry for all the edits in my posts lately, having pneumonia makes me a little logey. :P

  14. #13

    Oct 2006
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    Re: civil war caches in wv

    IM in Huntington, ever up for a hunt give a hollar.

  15. #14

    Oct 2006
    West Virginia
    Bounty Hunter
    513

    Re: civil war caches in wv

    To add to my post above about the Adkins name... Adkins is often mispronounced Atkins, and vice versa.

  16. #15

    Oct 2006
    West Virginia
    Bounty Hunter
    513

    Re: civil war caches in wv

    Cool beerdoodle! I was afraid this WV section would be a dead category. Looks like we're building a posse!

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    Oct 2006
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    Re: civil war caches in wv

    just need to form a plan and a place. I work a lot and transplanted here from Illinois. There doesnt seem to be a lot of swingers from WV. But can always swing time (NPI) to get away for a days hunt.

  18. #17

    Oct 2006
    West Virginia
    Bounty Hunter
    513

    Re: civil war caches in wv

    Just happened across this:

    Berkely county has several. During WW1 a draft evader hid $170,000 in 1917 near the ghost town of Marlowe. This cache has never been reported to have been found. Ghost town of Marlowe is 4 miles west of Williamsport Maryland. Other ghost towns listed are Darkesville, Tabler, Van Clevesville, Barlow, Baxter, Bedington, Swanpond. Civil war relics reported found near Falling Waters, engegement took place after Lee's defeat at Gettysburg. Indian relics found around Martinsburg. Two forts listed Fort Neally 2 miles north Martinsburg built 1750's. Fort Evans near Martinsburg built 1755, both sides camped here during Civil War.

    Also read of gold found in quartz rock outcroppings in Clay county.

  19. #18

    Nov 2006
    cape may nj
    garrett cx
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    Re: civil war caches in wv

    yea i have heard of that but havent looked in to it i am from richwood and tring to set up a week of hunting down there if I get info on these sites maybe I will set up ahunt where we can all meet up and go looking at thanksgiving ( so it can go unnoticed) being in the woods or parked on the side of the road tends to draw people

  20. #19

    Feb 2005
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    Re: civil war caches in wv

    Egads! You got that right! Everybody from here to blue yonder knows my vehicle and when I'm parked, the crowds come agagglin'!!!!

    Are you caving? Are you treasure hunting? Are you finding anything? Can I go with you?

    Hee! Hee! I don't mind though. I usually got a vehicle load full of children anyhow!

    Cavers5

  21. #20

    Nov 2006
    cape may nj
    garrett cx
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    Re: civil war caches in wv

    Yea thats why i want to go then I can be unnoticed I wouldnt mind people I know but people who stop and ask is a little scarey to me because if I do find something the world would know before I got it out of there and I might not get out of there alive. I also want to give credit where it is due which is my grandfather who spent his life trying to find it. I would love to find something I think we need to focus on one treasure and all of us on here we might get somewhere I am going to post a new thing asking for ideas. We all can have a trip out looking sound good to anyone else.

 

 
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