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  1. Grass is getting high here but I went to a late 1862 site on the Cumberland River to see if I could find another relic or two there. I got a 58 reading on the F75 and thought I had a .58 cal. 3 ringer. It turned to be a lead fishing sinker. It had the same patina as the bullets & balls dug there, was 6-7 in. deep like the bullets, and had knife marks like you see on poker chips. One local dealer & 3 CW authorities all agree that it's CW period. I guess the Union Soldiers liked to fish too. Thanks for looking, Quindy.
  2. Thanks Ron.
  3. I dug this lead fishing sinker from a U.S. camp located on the Cumberland River this morning. Patina is the same as CW bullets there. Measures .50 in. dia. CW or post CW? Thanks, Quindy.
  4. Thanks Bill. Good luck to you in the Bluegrass state!
  5. I started the box on the left about late 1996. The camp had already been hunted hard at that time. Few plates were dug there and the guy who found the camp is a good friend now but I didn't know him then .After making about 8 trips to the site, I didn't hunt the camp again until about 5 years ago and started the box on the right. Yesterday, I added 16 more relics to the box on the right. I'm still looking for the top half of the picket pin shown in my previous post. Happy hunting! With the early spring here, we'll have a quick end to winter & early spring relic hunting in Tennessee. Good luck, Quindy.
  6. Thanks Bob. This camp is notorious for having scattered relics. The digger who found it is a friend of mine and relics are not very concentrated. Thanks for looking & HH, Q.
  7. Sometimes, I wish I lived in VA. The camps here are early war and pale in the numbers of troops in the field in VA for all 4 years of the war. It took 6.5 hours to find these few relics in northern Middle Tennessee this weekend. HH, Q.
  8. Days like that don't come around much these days James. WTG, Q..
  9. Dman and I went to a site in middle Tenn. this am. I had found a virgin U. S. picket post on the property there about 4 years ago when Dman was on IR (injured reserve) and couldn't hunt. I added the GS Eagle button I dug today to the site box Dman hunted one of the old home sites on the farm. Happy Hunting!
  10. 28,331 and thanks for the contest. HH, Quindy.
  11. Very nice recovery Glenn. You don't see these found much anymore. That will look good in your collection. HH, Quindy.
  12. If you hunt for CW relics, you are likely to recover rusty pocket knives in camps. One Tennesasee Trio member recovers a knife in a CW site about every 15-20 hunts from CS and US camps. Since millions of pocket knives were made before and after the CW, I have not found anyone (including friends regarded as CW relic experts) who can say with 100% confidence that a rusty knife is CW period even though I may have dug CW relics all around it. In February, we hunted a 1862 U.S. Infantry camp and I recovered the rusty knife in the pic with part of the wooden handle intact. In fact, it's pictured in my article "Morgan's Daring Raid" featured along with recoveries from Dman, Tenn. Josh, and Tenn. Digger in the current issue of North South trader's Civil War Magazine. Today, a friend of the Trio and Tenn. Digger listed some personal items from a CW Soldier who served with the 22nd GA Vol. Infantry on his relic website. The emblem on that non dug example of the soldier's knife is very close to the one I dug as you see in the pic. To complicate identifications, British made knife examples are mixed in the CW period recoveries as shown in Crouch's relic book. This Georgia Soldier's knife is the closest example to the one I dug that I have seen to date . Maybe a knife expert will publish an identification guide to CW peried pocket knives in the future. If you know of one already, I'd be happy to know the name. HH from rainy Tennessee, Quindy.
  13. I'd say 283 and thanks for the contest, Quindy.
  14. The weeds and foliage prevents us from hunting many of our CW sites in Tennessee this time of year until hay is cut. However, I traded for another Fisher F75 as a backup for my F75 I have been using since 2009 and I was dying to try it out in a CW camp. I took a chance and traveled to the U.S. Infantry camp that the Tenn. Trio and Tenn. Digger hunted in Feb. and early March that has produced over 400 relics to date. Unfortunately, the area was completely covered in weeds with few places you could even get a coil on the ground including the woods. I did find several shotgun brass pieces, melted lead, a brass poncho eyelet, and brass oil can pictured in Phillip’s relic book on page 180 despite the tall weeds. I was pleased with the performance of the new unit. I have dug those oil cans before but only recover the top. A local relic expert told me that the bottom was soldered on and the easily separated and lost especially if the can body was bent. The last pic is my box of relics from that site representing 15 hunting trips between Feb. 6 and last Monday averaging 3-4 hours each. This was not a virgin site. North South Trader’s Civil War Magazine (due to arrive to subscribers next week) features my article on the background of that site and relics from our hunts there. HH, Quindy. My CW relic to date in 2012=293
  15. Now that, I WILL help you with DUG-LOL. Q.