civil war metal detecting?
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#1 Jun 19, 2010
anyone know of places in/around Saltville where people will let you search their land for civil war artifacts?
#2 Jun 21, 2010
wha that bee rit up mes ally
#3 Jun 26, 2010
ask jim b. and terry h. supposfdly they are digging on town property and selling them in tnn
#4 Jul 20, 2010
First do the research to find out where relics may be found, then find out who owns the place and ask them. Be sure to get signed permission, too, it keeps down complications, and if they're gracious enough to let you hunt, be sure to clean up after yourself.
You might ask Edith Price from Aistrop Hollow. It's said that the Union forces camped in the field across from the old Tumbling Creek Church, there next to where Aistrop Hollow meets the main road... I've heard of some sort of battle being fought near Brumley Gap, and apparently some action was seen around the Tumbling, Carr's, and Counts Coves.
The thief who nicked the Union payroll supposedly managed to tell that he hid the loot where "you could see a bald mountain raise up where two ridges come to a V"...Locals supposedly found him dying from a bullet wound somewhere around where Jim and Tiny Henderson once lived--I'm not sure of the place.
Swift may have had to abandon silver in the area, but then he seems to have buried treasure like squirrels bury nuts---just all over the place.
Someone once found a metal "strongbox" beneath a big rock in Tumbling Creek, but they couldn't dig it out...
A young slave hid the family valuables where "you could look in the door of the old Tumbling Creek schoolhouse (once the CH Johnson property?) and see the fire in the stove". He was accidently killed before he could get back to tell where he buried it. The Yankees didn't get it, but neither did the family who asked him to hide it..
The "Smith Treasure" is supposedly buried in or near the vicinity of a Harmon's Cave which is supposedly near Allison's Gap, or down on the river.
Two deserters apparently caches their army supplies and stolen goods in a cave near a cliff, and then somehow became permanently separated from them.'Seems like a pine tree and a thunderstorm were involved somehow...
Doncha' just love old treasure tales and old ghost stories?
#5 Jul 24, 2010
Roy Snead's grandfather told him where the soldier fell off the horse, it was up behind the Earnest Perkins house where Mr. Talley owns...and there was no saddlebags or no gold...he had been shot...There is a big rock in Tumbling creek, that there was a trunk under it, it was metal..the old ford, where the wagons crossed was near the place..In times when wagons were too loaded to cross a stretch of land and there was danger, people hid things...There was a union camp in front of the tumbling creek church..The Helton family sent the slave boy to hide their valuables, he got shot and died before he could tell the family where he hid them..whoever found him, he lived long enough to tell the words, the stove, the school house door...the schoolhouse set on the point in front of the Tumbling Creek school, so I've heard, however, there was another school that set beside the last Tumbling Creek school on the hillside. near the stillbranch hollow.The Rasnack massacare in the 1700's, the people on the Holstein River..were in that...the earlier settlers went back east after it....The confederate soldiers were in a cave....a pine tree covered it....there is a cave up in Tumbling, you can see just below the first bridge that curves in the game reserve..I found it when the dogs run up barking at a bear...so many things have happened in that area...the old ford, there was a pony express station over back of the Helton house, now the home of Vic, built by BAHelton..the person who could tell you a lot of the history of the Helton house would be Bascomb Brannon, he was raised there...I found a little metal ball, the size of a marble, grandma said it could be from the early days...I use to have a 1700's map, you can get one or use to be able to get one at the historical society...In the census of 1860 you can find about where everybody lived in the time of the civil war..My great grandfathers fought in the civil war...Jack Hockett wrote a book, and his works is in the libraries locally, as to our ancestors and the history..he emailed a picture of Mrs. Ann and her friend, Mr.Arthur Goff...she was one of the Snead family, a sister to Vince Snead..The Snead family are old settler's in here..The older Helton's could tell the history of the war.One battle was around Logan road and down in Hayters gap, so I've heard.I don't know about battles,but the old Counts house down Hayter's gap, was taken over by the union army..they stole peoples food, took over their property and held them captive.
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