Hello, everyone! We may have missed a week, but we’re back with a vengeance!
The theme was Best Battlefield Finds:
I–Al-Fu–made this find in South Carolina. While hunting on my favorite permission, one which hosted a significant battle, I uncovered a good variety of Civil War era bullets. The bullets pictured were unearthed over several trips to the area. At the time, I was hunting with my Minelab Safari and the Minelab X-Terra 705–affectionately known as Lucky.
Our featured finds were gifted to this well-known metal detecting hobbyist and Youtube celebrity–Matt P. aka Tarheel Diggin.
Aside from metal detecting, one of his passions is family genealogy. Many similarities exist between the two, but the common denominator is a passion for history.
Through extensive research, Matt was able to find several ancestors with ties to the Civil War. A great uncle of his, Samuel Shuff, was serving with the 1st Kentucky Artillery in the Union Army when he was severely wounded by a gunshot wound to the right shoulder during the Battle of Perryville in Kentucky. As a result of this injury, he was discharged from service.
Matt’s friend and fellow relic hunter lives less than ten miles from the Battle of Perryville State Historic Site. Years ago, he had dug several relics from this area on private property with permission. (Keep in mind, this battlefront was nearly three miles wide!) A few days later, he sent Matt a package with brochures about the battle as well as a small container. Inside the container were 3 bullets that he had personally dug from the battlefield! Two were fired 3-ringers and the third was a beautiful dropped bullet.
These relics have provided Matt with a tangible link to his family history. Some things are difficult to put a price on. This is one of them…
Next week’s Theme is Best Coin Spill Finds. Please email your pictures and stories to Submission@relicrecoverist.com