Civil war objects

Dewcon4414

Florida

Joined May 27 2020

Posted on October 9, 2020 @ 11:47 AM

Back when i was Indiana i happened to get my hands on an old atlas ..... late 1800s, which showed a lot of info ... such as old home, roads, school house....... and railroad stops.   I then compared it to an atlas say in the 50's.  Even up North you can dig some very old stuff.  Those old roads changed ....... old homes of course got tore down and they would become part of a farmers field.   I preferred these type old home much more than i did one still standing.   The ones still standing may have add ons and the dirt was often just moved over the yard.   Also, you had all the nasty modern trash which was overwhelming to pick thru.   The ones gone .... there were so many unusual items especially for horses and brass.   Old marbles and toys were often eye balled.  I found a lot of old coins.......even a couple jars with coins buried in the back area where i assume an old tree was.  I found things like horse bleeders..... and of course targets dating back to the civil war like coat buttons.  Many still wore their military cloth when they came home.   Everyone like suspenders and hamonicas it seemed too.    Old school houses payed off mostly with toys.   Who had money or needed it there?  There was like a school house every square mile and classes sometimes came down to the season crops.   The one often over looked were Rail Road stops.   Every small town had um.  often difficult to hunt because of the iron......but the coins were there.... as was about anything in ones pocket.

Aaron

TOP MOD
Michigan

Joined May 20 2020

Posted on October 10, 2020 @ 6:21 AM

Very good tip Dew, especially for those living out in the country or in the more undeveloped areas. I live right by Detroit so it’s very difficult to find any kind of “unmolested” or “original” grounds. Now if you drive a half hour into farm areas yes we do have ghost towns that are now farm lands. With the harvest time coming up, that would be a good time to start looking for those types of areas...

Keith Southern

MOD

Joined May 27 2020

Posted on October 12, 2020 @ 7:49 PM

Very good info.Yes map overlays are nice for non standing structures.

 

That's mainly the only sites I hunt is old forgotten house site ruins.the sites that are not visable anymore,maybe a rock pile from a chimney left if that.or filled in sunken depression of where well hole was at.

Once you find the old roads youll find that there's also houses not on the old maps even.maybe already gone when the map was produced.The ones you can see but hear are the best.usually no one else has found them.Not evena savvy hunter who knows what to look for being well holes and chimney rocks and foundations stones etc.I've found houses that are not in map books and have no identifying features other than nails grunting in the soil .Find a map book house scout around towards water or spring head and usually there's another habitation spot long forgotten.

 

Really old house sites will be close to where the road crosses a stream.the first people into an area would build a cabin and get settled by an easy water source then maybe a generation later the next person maybe there sons or daughters would marry and build a house maybe on a better piece of land closer to the fields and more flat land and be able to hire someone to dig them a well.

 

The old house sites are like magnets for finds.especially military related goods.especially around the well holes.that was the congregating spot.The heavy traffic spot.

 

Also if youve found a old road and find no houses for a few miles of walking it the water spots are great camp areas.Could just be a spring head that does not cross the road but is over say a small hill hidden but the travelers/soldiers would camp there.Especially cavalry.

 

Bigger bodies like creeks vs streams on old roads were also picnic areas for the locals.even swimming areas.

I'm still looking for a picnic area on a creek I read about in an 1880s newspaper here in town.even started playing baseball there on sundays.I know its 3 miles out of town on the creek.If you've never hunted a 19th century baseball field there really quite fun.I found one once and I could still see the pitcher mound remains!!!Found some seated and barber coins and old Jewelry around the side lines.the whole thing was grown up in large trees.

Same for Golf courses from the 1800's.Ive found the old bunkers in the woods with flat tops for putting greens still showing in amongst the trees.

 

Good info Dew!

Keith

 

 

 

Aaron

TOP MOD
Michigan

Joined May 20 2020

Posted on October 12, 2020 @ 8:05 PM

Great info Keith!

Another great resource and I may have got this from Keith is Maps On Line. It’s a free app where you can access free old maps of all kinds from all over.

Aaron