A contractor clearing debris left by Hurricane Ike found an ammunition box containing an 1863 Confederate $50 bill, war medals and diamond earrings. The box, found buried in the sand near Galveston, Tex., had a rubber seal that preserved all of the contents.
Michael Pate found the box on Jan. 7. The box also contained family photographs, a driver’s license and a social security card. Pate is trying to find the owner. “I thought it would be an encouraging story for the community,” Pate said. “We’ve seen so much destruction.”
Hurricane Ike hit near Galveston on Sept. 13, 2008.