Needless to say, I've become quite passionate about this hobby and am reading and watching everything I can get my hands and eyes on.
26 October 2010
Metal Detecting Post #4
Last week, I purchased a new metal detector - a White's MXT Pro, along with extra coils for various types of detecting and soil conditions. This last Saturday, I spent about 4 hours in a couple of fields near the Battle of Piedmont here in the Shenandoah Valley. To the right is a photo of what I believe is a shell fragment from either a Parrot or Hotchkiss shell. I also found something that could be part of a fuse, an 1893 V Nickel, and several other items that I'm working on identifying. This shell fragment find was particularly important to me as my great-great grandfather, John Meredith Crutchfield, who fought for the 60th Virginia, was wounded and taken prisoner at the Battle of Piedmont. Standing on that open field by myself last Saturday morning in the brilliant sunlight and digging that piece of shell out of the ground near the area my ancestor was wounded was quite an experience.