The Missing Gold Cache of 1863

At the time of the Battle of Gettysburg in the summer of 1863, the Union army shipped a cache of gold from Wheeling, West Virginia to the Philadelphia Mint. But, according to legend, the gold never arrived. The soldiers, it’s believed, were ambushed, and the cache of at least 26 gold bars weighing 50 pounds each were stolen and buried.

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For more than a century-and-a-half, the location of the legendary cache has been a mystery. Finders Keepers, a Pennsylvania treasure hunting company believes it knows. In January 2018, Finders Keepers approached the Federal Bureau of Investigation with its evidence, including data from a sophisticated metal detector indicating a large metallic mass with the density of gold located in Dent’s Run, Pennsylvania, about 135 miles northeast of Pittsburgh. 

The evidence was credible enough for the FBI to hire a consulting firm specializing in geophysics to survey the hilltop site and then conduct a clandestine dig. The FBI says it found nothing, even refusing to acknowledge why it conducted a dig.

Finders Keepers, however, doubts the FBI’s veracity. An attorney for Finders Keepers, William Cluck, successfully sued for access to government emails about the dig. He provided the Associated Press with one of the emails, marked “confidential,” from an assistant U.S. attorney in Philadelphia which states, “We believe the cache itself is in the neighborhood of 3x3x5 (feet) to 5x5x8.”

Finders Keepers suspects the FBI may have uncovered the long-missing gold and believes it is entitled to a cut of the gold cache. Attorney Cluck is now petitioning a U.S. judge to unseal records of the March 2018 excavation in Dent’s Run that the judge had ordered to be sealed from public view.

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