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Confederate Treasure

Confederate Treasure buried during the Civil War was just one side of the conflict. Similar treasures were buried in the North as the Southern Soldiers advanced on defenseless homes and farms.

“It’s somewhere in the orchard. She told me, “It’s right out there, next to one of those trees.”

This was a typical example of the beginning of a Confederate Treasure tale.

Standing on the veranda of the old home place I gazed out over the very mature, perfectly symmetrically planted peach orchard of 375 acres. The thought crossed my mind of how did this elderly lady’s great-grandfather mark the family Confederate treasure location, he supposedly buried years ago. Perhaps he didn’t, perhaps he just knew it as a particular tree or combination of trees. That information would have been long lost when he passed away, as he apparently was not able to tell anyone before he died of “the fever.”

I asked her if any of the trees had been cut down. She replied, “Well, yes the adjacent farm which is now my cousin’s place, was also part of the original home place, and half of it was orchard until 1940, when his trees were stumped and the land is now pasture.” This added another wrinkle in locating the gold and silver coin Confederate treasure cache she claimed had been buried during the civil war ravaged period of Sherman’s infamous march through Georgia.

In 1864 Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman of the Union Army began a campaign after leaving the captured city of Atlanta. The devastation his troops wreaked in Georgia ended with the capture of Savannah. The damage this march inflicted was widespread, from industry and infrastructure, to civilian property. This lady’s family owned farm had been directly in its path thus creating a fear of pillaging and a need to hide Confederate Treasure.

Sherman’s armies did not rely on traditional supply lines. Instead they “lived off the land,” after their 20 days of rations were consumed. Foraging units seized food and livestock from local farms for the Army while they destroyed the railroads and infrastructure of the state. The twisted and broken railroad rails that the troops heated over fires and wrapped around tree trunks and left behind became known as “Sherman’s neckties.” (One of these bent rails was actually leaning against the barn, partially imbedded in the ground, where someone in years past had skidded it to a halt.)

Neighbors and friends had warned one another of the impending destruction. Hastily, families assembled what treasure they had, such as gold or silver coin, and buried it in a clandestine location to keep the Confederate treasure from being taken by the marauders. Much was lost during those perilous days, but some was spirited away and buried.

She asked me if I thought we could find the cache her family had known of by stories handed down from generation to generation. She also told me with trembling lips she may have to put the place up for sale, as she could no longer keep it up. This was the last opportunity to look for the Confederate Treasure she felt was out there and rightfully hers.

“Let’s see,” I said, and powered up the long range detector.
An immediate hit was indicated, a direction that was directly out into the midst of the orchard. Perfectly in line with an old stone bridge that could easily be seen from the porch.

Wandering through the orchard of perfectly spaced trees I could not see anything that would indicate that a treasure was buried nearby. Finally the long range gold detector indicated I was at the spot. Uphill there was a rock ledge that protruded through the ground pointing directly at the tree trunk where I stood. The gold locator also indicated the gold was no longer there!

I suggested the owner’s treasure lay in the story of the history of this civil war Confederate treasure. She confided that she had the story already written but was waiting on the ending. Her creative mind immediately took a character from the annals of the family history, had him secretly dig the confederate treasure and move to Brazil to start a cattle ranch.

Every story doesn’t end in a recovery of treasure but we can tell if the treasure is still there to be found. Give us a call 480 463 7464

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