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The Gold Border

By Ddtodd88
When we hear treasure stories from the Civil War we seem to be tuned in to battle and skirmish sites, camps and raids. There are a lot of stories and treasure from these stories comes in all forms. We love to find bullets, buttons, buckles, and all kinds of artifacts relating to a turbulent time that has been romanticized by film and print.
Not too long ago, I asked some young men that were hunting a campsite, "If you could pick any place to metal detect related to the Civil War, where would it be?" Their answer, without hesitation, was places like Gettysburg, Shiloh and Antietam. I asked some of my hunting partners the same question and got almost the exact answers. I had one guy who paused saying, "That's a hard one, where would you pick." I told him the Missouri/Kansas border sites and he smiled and asked, "When are we leaving?"
There were raids, massacres, looting and burning at so many locations on both sides of the border between these two states that the odds of finding gold is good to great. All of the back and forth revenge raids created fear that caused caches of gold, silver, jewelery, and other valuables to be scattered for miles and miles on each side.
Do a little research, pick a place and you never know, we may see you there.
May all your trails be smooth and your treasure sites many.
Best Wishes and Good Hunting.

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