“Rebel Gold” on the Discovery Channel has been a captivating journey so far. We’re only 3 episodes into this new TV series and it’s easy to see why people are already hooked! “Rebel Gold” refers to hidden caches of Confederate gold lost after the US Civil War. This series is following 7 treasure hunters who are on a mission to find the lost Confederate treasure—last seen in the hands of Confederate president Jefferson Davis. At an estimated $20 million, treasure hunter Mike Scott explains, “This is one of the most compelling treasure stories in American history.” Each of the “Rebel Gold” team members is an expert in their field: Earl Mesimer is a bullet expert, Tracy Short is a safety expert, Pete Eles is a renowned relic expert, Brant Arnold is a Confederate troop expert, Mike Scott is a professional treasure hunter who has found millions in gold and silver on worldwide digs, Larry Cissna is a treasure hunter who has been searching for the Confederate treasure for 32 years and Dan Yarrusso is a water and deep hunting specialist.
Somewhere along the 500 miles of train tracks from Richmond, Virginia to Washington, Georgia, it’s believed the treasure was stashed. Last Tuesday’s episode took us to Washington, Georgia—the last stop on the Confederate Army’s treasure train. On May 3, 1865, Davis and company arrived in Washington with the Rebel Gold in tow. With Union troops on his heels, Davis decided to split up the treasure. He left $450,000 in gold coins at a local bank; gave a portion of the gold to treasure guards to be paid to the remaining troops and kept the rest on person while fleeing further south to Irwinville, Georgia. It’s up to the “Rebel Gold” crew to unravel the mystery of where it now lies.
Team Brant vs. Team Larry: Is this a Contest?
The group divides into two teams: Larry Cissna’s team (with Pete Eles and Dan Yarrusso) and Brant Arnold’s team (with Tracy Short, Mike Scott and Earl Mesimer). Both team leaders have different theories about where the fortune was hidden based on their years of research and Confederate treasure hunting experience. Brant believes the key to finding the treasure lies in locating Confederate campsites. This is where the treasure guards would have stayed and possibly hidden or dumped some of the gold. Larry is certain that Jefferson Davis maintained the treasure—so to follow in his footsteps in Washington, Georgia will lead to the gold. Larry believes Davis may have dropped off some of the loot with an entrusted friend here.
Team Brant’s Search: Treasure Guard’s Campsite Near Train Depot
Brant Arnold’s team makes a bee-line to a former Antebellum plantation located in close proximity to the Washington Train Depot. This was Davis’ last stop, where Confederate gold was unloaded. According to historical records, the Kentucky Cavalry were Davis’ last-standing treasure guards—and Brant believes they may have buried some of the treasure. His team enlists the help of an excavator to dig up a possible Confederate campsite. They are looking for evidence of the treasure guards; and AMAZINGLY, the team finds brass grommets which would have supported tarps or tents. Next, they uncover an “enfield bullet”- a Civil War specimen that Brant knows for certain belonged to the Tennessee Cavalry. This proves perplexing, because the Tennessee Cavalry was never supposed to have been in this part of Georgia. Now, things get interesting… The Union troops commandeered the gold which was left by Davis at the local bank. A few days later, at the Chennault Plantation, this gold was stolen from the Union men. Could the Tennessee Cavalry have stolen the gold back?? This would mean the history books are wrong! $13 million in gold has never been recovered from this robbery! The Chennault Plantation yields a few Civil War relics, but no evidence of a robbery/skirmish.
Team Larry’s Search: Calloway Plantation – Wealthy Confederate Supporters
Larry’s uncanny knowledgeable about the Civil War and instincts take the team straight to the Calloway Plantation. Recently, a pair of local detectorists found coins that date back to the Confederacy right in the area. Larry believes that Davis left a portion of the treasure here with wealthy southern supporters. The team digs deep into the floorboards of the slave quarters, using a backhoe to get to the foundation. Civil War-era bottles were found here, but no buried treasure. At the main house, Dan Yarrusso uses GPR (ground penetrating radar) to search hundreds of feet below the ground’s surface. The technology pays off when they find a tunnel underground. And although Larry is hoisted into the treacherous cavern, it turns out to be an old outhouse. The “Rebel Gold” crew is sincerely disappointed, walking away from this area empty-handed.
“Confederate Fortune” Airs Tonight on Discovery Channel: New Information Changes Everything!
Last week’s cliffhangers left us on the edge of our seats! First, a local resident shows Larry a Confederate belt buckle he found in his backyard, just as the team uncovered “lab bullets” straight out of Richmond, Virginia. This means they are on the right trail. Larry hopes to follow Davis’ path to gold. Brant got an “insider tip” from an old friend and scholar leading his team to a new location never documented in the history books. Allegedly, the “Moss House” is the real site of the stolen Confederate gold heist. This is history in the making you definitely don’t want to miss!
Tune in tonight to the Discovery Channel! “Rebel Gold” Episode 4: “Confederate Fortune” airs October 6, 2015 at 10pm ET/PT. Check local listings for MT and CT.
Metal Detecting Equipment Used on the “Rebel Gold” TV Show
“Rebel Gold” team members each have their own favorite high-quality metal detectors. Among them, you’ll see popular units including the Teknetics T2 metal detector and the Fisher F75 detector. These are high-performance, multi-purpose professional-grade metal detectors for relic hunting, gold nugget prospecting and coin hunting. Look for the Teknetics G2+ and Fisher F19, as well. We saw for the first time, another top unit on last week’s show, the Deus metal detector from XP Metal Detectors. Professional treasure hunters also utilize metal detecting headphones, digging tools and relic hunting shovels. You can find all of this metal detecting equipment and more at MetalDetector.com!
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