Peter Turney’s 1st Tennessee

June 25, 2008

Picture of Turney\'s 1st Tennessee from Harper\'s Weekly

This is the unit that my great-great uncle served in.  He died at Gettysburg.  This picture is from Harper’s Weekly.

Sick Pinpointer

April 26, 2007

Well my White’s pinpointer had the infamous on/off button go bad on it the other day.  So I had to get it sent off today to be fixed.  You just don’t know how much you rely on it until you don’t have it.  Anyways, I am looking forward to getting it back.

Tool Pouch For Diggers?

April 16, 2007

If you need somewhere to put your pin pointer or your small digging tool while out on the hunt.  I found just what you need.  I bought a tool belt with tool pouches from my local Lowe’s the other day.  It has just enough pouches to carry everything I need.  Lowe’s had several varieties of belts that would probably work for just about every need a digger would have.  Go out a get yours today and stay organized while on the hunt.

Google Earth

March 28, 2007

Well it’s been a long time since my last post. I have been spending almost all the free time I have detecting. I have found a lot of cool Civil War relics. Just wanted to let you in on one of my methods of finding digging sites. I look at old Civil War maps and compare them to the modern day Google Earth map of my area. This is really handy and very helpful. You can download it at

Great digging website!!

February 28, 2007

Just surfing around the other day and found a digging site that is well worth a look. This guy videos his relic hunting adventures. Many cool videos to look at. This site will really get you excited to go out and dig!

New Coil for my White’s MXT Detector !!!

February 18, 2007

Well I got my Valentine’s present the other day. It was a White’s Eclipse Shooter DD coil. This is a really good small coil for trashy areas. I have not had it out yet because of weather but it is suppose to be in the 60’s this week around my neck of the woods so I will let you know this week how well it works. Thanks to my beautiful wife for this awesome present!!!

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Digging on YouTube?

February 18, 2007

I have been checking out a lot of cool video’s of people digging throughout the south. They range from finding coins to finding Civil War relics. It is really neat to see other diggers finding cool relics. When you go to youtube just type in metal detecting and you will get a lot of links.

Valentine’s Day in the 1860’s

February 14, 2007

Let us not forget on this day to remember how the soldiers must have felt over 130 years ago to be away from their wives and sweethearts while fighting the Civil War. Take this day and do something really romantic with your spouse. Cherish this day as the Civil War soldiers would have wanted to.

The Tullahoma Campaign

January 30, 2007

I was just reading a book by Dr. Michael Bradley called, “Tullahoma, The 1863 Campaign for the Control of Middle Tennessee”.  It is a very well written Civil War history on the middle Tennessee area.  As I was reading about what happened in my town during the Civil War, I can’t help think about the soldiers themselves.  The struggles and trials that they went through.  While they were camped out here in Tullahoma it rained constantly.  The mud was so deep it made everything difficult.  Dr. Bradley’s book describes one Confederate as saying that the Latin word tulla, meant mud, and the Greek word,  homa ment more mud.  Can you imagine eating in the rain,  sleeping in the rain, fighting in the rain.  These soldiers lived very hard lives during the fight for our nation’s unity.   We  should never forget the hardships and struggles that our forefathers endured for us.

Quote of the Day:
“The time for compromise has now passed, and the South is determined to maintain her position, and make all who oppose her smell Southern powder and feel Southern steel”    Jefferson Davis during his inaugural speech on February 16, 1861

Went relic hunting Wednesday!

January 27, 2007

Wednesday was a good day! I got to go out and detect for several hours. I have mapped out where a Civil War fort was in the area of my hometown. My city, Tullahoma, Tennessee, was used as a Rebel winter camp during 1863. The Confederates fell back to Tullahoma after the battle of Stone’s River in Murfreesboro, Tn and then they were later pushed out by the Union. The Confederate’s then fell back towards Chattanooga, Tn. While detecting I found what I believe to be a small caliber pistol bullet. It is so nice to live in a city that has so much history!! I will post pictures of my finds as soon as I can get them uploaded to the site. I would love to receive pictures of your latest finds as well. Just send them to


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