23 January 2015

Metal Detecting Post #126 - Buttons & The Burning

I had the privilege of doing some relic hunting, by invitation of the property owner, on a very historic farm property here in the Shenandoah Valley recently. The owner joined us for the quick hunt. 

The farm has been in the same family for 5 generations and dates to the early 1800's. There are old slave quarters present, a beautiful federal style brick home (circa 1830) and Phil Sheridan paid a visit during his "Burning" raid of 1864; taking time to torch the bank barn. There's also an old mill site and raceway on the property and several Confederate soldier diaries make mention of visiting the property during the WBTS and the hospitality of the owners. A number of Indian artifacts have been found at this location over the years as well.

The patriarch of the family served in the Stonewall Brigade and, according to family history, was assigned the duty of purchasing horses for Jeb Stuart's cavalry by Stonewall Jackson himself. This first trip was just a short scouting excursion, but the property shows some promise indicated by the fact I quickly recovered two early 19th century flat buttons near the slave quarters. We plan to return soon.


Ann Marie Ackermann said...

That sounds like so much fun! Unfortunately, I live in a country where metal detectors are banned (Germany).

Good luck when you return to the property!

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Thanks for commenting Ann. But what you say about detectors being banned would contradict this site about detecting laws in Germany: