Confederate Treasure in CB?

Confederate Treasure in CB?

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“Local Boy Done Good!”

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#1 Feb 12, 2010
Do any of yall remember when a Mary Washington College Professor would come to CB in the summers looking for a lost Confederate treasure? It was supposedly payroll money the retreating Confederates were trying to keep out of those Yankees hands. They had to quikly bury it in CB. Do any of you remember hearing about it? If true, it is very exciting...

“Local Boy Done Good!”

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#3 Feb 15, 2010
It was arounf 1975-1977 time frame. I didnt think much about it at the time since history is all around us with the old hotel and Lighthorse Harry Lee staying there as his HQ and the like.

I wish I had aske more questions.
VETNAM 2

Alexandria, VA

#4 Feb 15, 2010
CB Drifter 55 wrote:
It was arounf 1975-1977 time frame. I didnt think much about it at the time since history is all around us with the old hotel and Lighthorse Harry Lee staying there as his HQ and the like.
I wish I had aske more questions.
CB Drifter 155.....

Did you know him personally?
country gal

United States

#5 Feb 15, 2010
according to docksides website, there were skeletons that washed ashore form back in those days??
water bug

Gaithersburg, MD

#6 Feb 15, 2010
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Lee Chamberlain

Urbanna, VA

#7 Aug 7, 2010
There is a vast both ashore and underwater history in Colonial Beach. In the days of the Civil War for instance CB was often a hide for Blockade runners. Small boats could run in and elude interception by deeper draught Union Vessels. Within Monroe Bay there are many legends of "skullduggery" where recently freed slaves would be hired as deckhands to work on boats servicing and engaged in commerce on the Potomac. At the time legend has it that across from what is now the Colonial Beach Yacht Center, unscrupulous operators would call each deck hand up to be paid, knock them in the head,throw them overboard and keep the money for themselves.
Greater yet is the vast "Waterman's History" that lies beneath the waves, Bugeye boats that sank during storms are just beneath the surface. The presence of the first railways for boats in the form of the old "Jenkins Boatyard" behind the baptist church, as well the "Henry Dixon" shipwreck off "Negro Point". As well modern day events such as the fire at the yacht center. Rumors of headstones of the James Monroe family being thrown into the bay to hide the gravesites from Northern Grave Robbers.
In the time since the first explorations from Jamestown, through the dark period of slavery beaches along both the Bay and the river hold many secrets. Get up early after a strong tide shift, and discover prehistory Shark's teeth, perhaps more.After Isabel, I brought a group of divers and we cleared the swimming area, we cleared a lot of debris from beneath the waves, but as well we pulled a 55gallon oil drum out that held everything from roofing shingles to nails, the barrel had been issuing cuts to the people who were diving off the jetty post. While we were clearing we found as part of the cleanup several interesting things, a bottle one of the first manufactured in the region, as well as discards that gave us an insight as to what was the popular drinks of the 1960's.
In running scans I found several shipwrecks in the bay. Having lived in Colonial Beach for almost a year, I documented six wreck sites that may or may not tell us much of the local history. One wreck not 100 yards off the paved street. The boatyards and as well just outside the opening to the bay. Historic "Church Point" which has many secrets yet to be discovered.
Many of Virginia's small ports and towns along the Potomac Hold many "keys". While diving the area many approached me and asked if I were diving where the "Old Riverboat" (Reno) was, however there are many other areas that hold more "treasures" not of silver and gold, but of the Gold of History, the development along the Potomac, slavery, and yes sunken boats. Hurricanes often reveal much, Isabel gave the divers of the shipwreck survey an interesting eye as to what lies beneath the waters there. As many of you know often I would be seen off the beach or in the bay diving. Documenting several of the wrecks and boats recently destroyed. There is treasure in CB but its the kind of treasure you cannot spend except to say spending a lifetime reflecting and appreciating the jewels of history.
Skulls and skeletal remains, of both man and watercraft. Who knows maybe even a hint of Civil War riches.Seriously I doubt that.
It tickles me when I see the metal detectors on the beach, the real treasure lies beneath the waves its called "History"
Lee Chamberlain (Aka flipper)Full Member of the American Academy of Underwater Sciences, Member of Institute of Maritime History.
Citizen

Mathews, VA

#8 Aug 8, 2010
Mr. Chamberlain, thank you for the interesting article. The info should be offered to the Museum of Colonial Beach/Historical Society.
VETNAM 2

Annandale, VA

#9 Aug 8, 2010
My thanks also. As far as the "deck hands" getting paid.....I used to fish the Bay, a lot, and I heard many similar stories about the area near Bloody Point where many deck hands would go overboard in about 119 feet of water. I think they called that spot "Devil's Hole" and I also think that may have been the origin of the name "Bloody Point".
VETNAM 2

Annandale, VA

#10 Jan 7, 2011
CB Drifter 55 wrote:
Do any of yall remember when a Mary Washington College Professor would come to CB in the summers looking for a lost Confederate treasure? It was supposedly payroll money the retreating Confederates were trying to keep out of those Yankees hands. They had to quikly bury it in CB. Do any of you remember hearing about it? If true, it is very exciting...
CB Drifter 55.....

I happened to catch a show on the history channel last week called "Brad Meltzer's Decoded". It was along the same lines you mentioned but was concentrated on Confederate Treasure around the Danville area, the KGC, etc.

The show will re-air at 8:00pm tomorrow and 9:00pm on Thursday, 13 January.

Interesting.
REB

Riderwood, MD

#11 Jan 7, 2011
VETNAM 2 wrote:
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CB Drifter 55.....
I happened to catch a show on the history channel last week called "Brad Meltzer's Decoded". It was along the same lines you mentioned but was concentrated on Confederate Treasure around the Danville area, the KGC, etc.
The show will re-air at 8:00pm tomorrow and 9:00pm on Thursday, 13 January.
Interesting.
To many trips over the rainbow bridge.

“Local Boy Done Good!”

Since: Feb 10

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#12 Jan 9, 2011
I have called Mary Washington College over the last years starting about 1983 but no one in the History Department knew the Professor nor heard of summer projects for students at Colonial Beach, VA.
Lee Chamberlain

Gloucester, VA

#13 Mar 19, 2013
The rumor mill around hidden treasures along the Potomac are vast and many, however the real 'treasure" is the vast history of the maritime trade and commerce all along the Potomac and on a larger scale the "Chesapeake". The stories of the "Henry Dixon" off Negro Point, and others within Monroe Bay. During my year there in Colonial Beach as many will tell you they often saw my inflatable dive boat roaming around Monroe Bay, the "Dixon" was not a Civil War Boat, it was in fact a sailboat, that has carried the gold rumor on for decades. I dove this boat often to document the barnacle and worm eaten timbers and trust me there was nothing there. Over the years the "Dixon" like a certain "liberty boat" on the Rappahanock had been a popular spot for picnicers. Unceremonioulsy the Dixon caught fire and burned down to the waterline and her remains lie beneath the waters still.
Colonial Beach has many interesting wreck sites, most are of work boats some abandoned, the old barge wreck further going up Monroe Creek, the old Boatyard and "railroad" near the Baptist Church and as well some of the remains from the marina fire at CBYC years ago.
The treasure unique to Monroe Bay and CB is the uniqueness of its vast environment. Rich in the waterman's histories, downstream on the Potomac at Washington's Birthplace, Unique fossils at Horsehead Cliff that each slide into the Potomac reveals. The history of the local story tellers as well, such as Junior Parker, who for hours we would sit in the summer and he told me about the "Oyster Wars" as well directing me to a "bugeye wreck" not far from where we sat. Our waters hold many treasures, many insights into a vast and proud heritage, that of waterman working the rivers and the bay.
The Confederate treasure sought is not there, some sad markings of a dark time can be found rarely along the shoreline, in the form of slave shackles, potteries, and when the sea gives up something more we realize some legends, stories were not such, but markers along the way of men, sometimes prejudice and others greed.
The treasure train illusive, as it were is somewhere between the Appomattox and Dan rivers as some reports go, I will warn you the visibility is extremely poor and oft the currents run hard.
The supposed treasure of "Lighthorse Harry Lee" were also rumored to be in what is now the Chickahominy Resivoir, near Binns bar in the old foundation walls of what was supposedly another of his homes.
in any event there is treasure at Colonial Beach, it is after all is said and done, the people who live there and the history they have made no matter hurricanes or economies, and as well men like Junior and his fellow watermen who have been part of a vast expanse in a dying breed, Chesapeake Bay Waterman.
VETNAM 2

Centreville, VA

#14 Mar 19, 2013
Mr. Chamberlain.....

Thank you for that. Very interesting!
Thanks

King George, VA

#15 Mar 21, 2013
Mr. Chamberlain,
With your vast knowledge, you should consider giving lectures at the Colonial Beach Museum. I would attend!

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