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New Reprint for 2007.........from David Poché Associates
Finding Civil War Campsites in Rural Areas
his easy to read manual represents the combined 40-year experience of three avid Civil War relic hunters.
This is a "How To" manual that can be used by both beginners and experts to find rural campsites. Presented are location methods including sources of information and organizations that can help you as well as basic topographic map and air photo interpretation skills.
This manual may be purchased from:
David Poché Associates
573-301-3786 or 573-690-8834 call for terms and details
Book Review in American Digger Magazine: by Eric Garland
Finding Civil War Campsites in Rural Areas takes a common-sense approach to narrowing down the location of Civil War sites. The authors explain that three important pieces of information are essential for successfully locating potential relic hotspots. These are: (1) The relic hunter must define the roads that were used by military forces during the American Civil War. (2) Sources of water (rivers, lakes, creeks or springs) must be sited along these routes and campsites, as water was required for both men and animals. (3) In order to zero in on the potential spot, the relic hunter must also be able to read the topography of the land at the sites designated by #1 and #2.
Through the use of modem search engines and tools, the authors have also provided unique techniques to augment the research process. One of the search tools they recommend is Copernic, which has already proven to be beneficial to me as it provides high quality results from more than 90 search engines grouped into categories that can be sorted and stored for later use.
Another section of the book discusses the proper procedures for overlaying modem aerial photos with Civil War-period maps, and using these with topographical maps in order to determine the location of the period roads in relation to the modem roads. Example photographs provide detailed step-by-step instructions on how to properly orient your maps with one another. While reading this section, I admit that I was amazed how much information can be obtained from examining an aerial photo!
After the wartime road locations have been determined, the book also goes into further details on how to establish the most likely location for campsites and picket posts. With this knowledge provided by the book on the normal daily marching distance for each military branch (infantry, cavalry, and artillery), in conjunction with information provided by the map research, possible camp locations can be narrowed down
Once the search area has been reduced, you are now prepared to journey into the field for the next phase of your investigation. Again the authors have provided excellent descriptions and photographs of terrain features and cemeteries (tombstone design) in order to help confirm your hypothesis of a possible Civil War sites.
Armed with all the information thus far gathered, you are now to the point where you are ready to "hit the woods, swinging that coil." However, before you do, the authors share tips of overcoming one more obstacle ...perhaps the most important of all: obtaining permission to hunt on private property.
I personally know many diggers who cringe at the thought of approaching a total stranger to obtain permission to detect. However, not only is it the law, it is the responsible and courteous thing to do. Fear not, for tucked away in the latter part of the book are some very useful tips on accomplishing this much-dreaded task.
With its detailed descriptions, tips, and useful advice, I feel that this book would be a benefit to any relic hunter's research library, and properly used, should lead to finding sites you only dreamed about.Reviewed by Eric Garland
American Digger Magazine Volume 3 Issue 5
|Review from Amazon.com: James P. Nichols from Baldwyn, MS:|
Review by L. David Keith, Dixie Metal Detectors:
Dixie Metal Detectors
summer when I started relic hunting for the
first time, I found a likely spot based off some old CW maps but it was
pretty far along in construction. However, I recently bought Dave's
book on on finding rural CW camps. I relooked at the area using his
techniques and realized I was about 500m off of where I was supposed to
be. Anyway went out this weekend w/ high hopes since this area is
undeveloped so far. However in the last 3 months, there has been some
work which stripped away the area I wanted to hunt so I hit the edges
and soon found a a small section of the old road in the woods! The area
was had a moderate amount of old iron but i did manage to find a couple
of things. I also was able to finally piece together the route of
another old road and find a very promising site which I had been
looking for for several months as it turns out a friend of mine
actually rents an old farmhouse at the site, so I shouldnt have a prob
getting permission from his landlord.
Anyway thanks again, Dave.
Utilizing some of the techniques outlined in your book, I refined and narrowed down the search area to go investigate. To make a long story short, my partner and I drove over to the location, and after locating the owner and obtaining permission to hunt anywhere on his 360 acres..... the very first place I wanted to hunt..... a cow pasture with "camp traits"..... produced within 3 minutes of walking onto the site. My partner and I were digging 3-ringers at the same time.
To date, we have recovered over 150 bullets, and about 50 buttons (all Yankee), along with other artifacts from camp life.
".......Very informative, easy to read and very helpful for the novice and old timer alike. The camp we are looking in has came straight from the pages of your book." -TR - Arkansas