Chattanooga Area Relic & Historical Association
Wayne found this pretty button in April.
James found a melted 57 base Enfield, where you can still see the 57.
CARHA members Byron & Jerry dug over 100 bullets and the target being fired at from an area recently. It seems that they had set up the box plate as a target and as you can see below, it took a direct hit. It had been struck from the backside. Pretty neat!
This is a Read shell found by Doc Blackman. He asked Frank to work his magic on it.
Frank does good work! On this one, a friend of his, Larry, had hunted the same area as Doc had. When he saw the work Frank was doing, he commented that he may have the base. Sure enough, it was an exact fit!
Frank holds the finished project after it was cleaned and reassembled.
Hey, Wayne made it into the Chicken Dance Club on one forum as part of the Coin Daddy Club!
3-ringer that has been carved into a snake or turtles head.
Part of a Confederate Reunion badge, found in Chattanooga, TN. Same site as the carved bullet shown above.
Reverse side of a 1781 Hibernia Coin.
Front of that same coin
Above is the front of the coin that is known as the Georgius Triumphetus coin. It is believed that these were issued to celebrate the end of the Revolutionary War and to honor George Washington. The odd thing about this, is that it looks a whole lot the image on the Hibernia coin! Guess it saved them from doing all of the work of making a new die for the front of the coin! Whatever it took I guess to get the word out the WE had won!
Randy dug this on a construction site.
Lamar found this nice "Bleeder" in early June of 2003. All of the blades are present though rusted.
Lamar also dug this Breast Plate
and these Indian Head Cents.
A large Naval Shell, with Water cap Fuse. The fuse has ORD. D. and an anchor and 1863 date.
This is the base cup on a Hotchkiss Bolt, showing the patent information and May 14, 1861 date. This is the clearest I have seen on any dug shell.
This is part of a Confederate Polygonal shell that has been glued back together. This shows the angles which were the fracture lines, ensuring that these shells always broke properly into the five sided pieces.
All of these round balls and damaged bullets came from the 24-pound shell behind the case. The Confederates had used salvaged materials for the case shot inside the shell.
These shells were unique in the fact they had paper machie sabots. If the sabot came off when the shell was fired, it did not injure the friendly troops positioned in front of the cannons. All of these shells belong to Frank.