Historic find in South Carolina: Freeman’s fire badge a remnant of Civil War period and Great Fire

  • Source: The Post & Courier
  • Published: 06/01/2020 12:00 AM

They often find interesting things, and sometimes uncover an object of historical value. Recently, artifact hunter Axel Macon and two of his friends fired up their metal detectors at a site near Spring Street in Charleston and aimed their electromagnetic bursts at a promising area in the backyard of the property. After a while the two friends called it quits, but Macon was persistent. He had a hunch something was there — something interesting, something valuable. As soon as he was alone, his Minelab Equinox 800 metal detector beeped confidently. With his hands, he dug down 2 or 3 inches and pulled out a badge shaped like a shield and made of coin silver. On its face was inscribed: Niagara F.Co. No.8 1861 W.P.P. This was significant. The Niagara Fire Company was a brigade of black volunteers, one of many active in the city at the time of the Civil War.


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