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The FBI Is Overseeing A Hunt For Buried Civil War Gold In Pennsylvania

Some say the FBI's presence lends credibility to a legend of lost Civil War gold — but the bureau says it's just there for "law enforcement."
Posted at 11:53 AM, Mar 17, 2018

It sounds like something out of a movie: Treasure hunters and history buffs start digging up a patch of land they say holds long-lost gold. 

But in Pennsylvania, it's actually happening. Treasure-hunting group Finders Keepers is excavating a site in Elk County that's home to a Civil War legend about lost Union gold. 

Legend has it a Union shipment of 26 gold bars was lost in 1863. Some stories claim the convoy was ambushed and the loot buried. Nowadays, that gold would be worth upwards of $27 million. 

The treasure hunters are accompanied by both the FBI and the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. An FBI public affairs specialist said agents there "were conducting court-authorized law enforcement activity."