The FBI is overseeing a hunt for buried Civil War gold in Pennsylvania

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."

Civil war ship H.L. Hunley 

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Conservator Johanna Rivera walks past the bow of the Civil War submarine H.L. Hunley as it stands free of the steel truss that was used to raise it from the ocean floor in 2000 after the truss was removed at Clemson University's Warren Lasch Conservation Center in North Charleston, South Carolina January 12, 2012. The Hunley was the secret weapon of the Confederacy and the world's first submarine to sink an enemy ship.It attacked and sank the Union warship Housatonic on the night of February 17, 1864, and then disappeared. The submarine was found several miles off Charleston, South Carolina in the 1990s and was recovered in 2000. REUTERS/Randall Hill (UNITED STATES - Tags: MILITARY SOCIETY)
Conservation crew members work on the Civil War submarine H.L. Hunley as it stands free of the steel truss that was used to raise it from the ocean floor in 2000 after the truss was removed at Clemson University's Warren Lasch Conservation Center in North Charleston, South Carolina January 12, 2012. The Hunley was the secret weapon of the Confederacy and the world's first submarine to sink an enemy ship.It attacked and sank the Union warship Housatonic on the night of February 17, 1864, and then disappeared. The submarine was found several miles off Charleston, South Carolina in the 1990s and was recovered in 2000. REUTERS/Randall Hill (UNITED STATES - Tags: MILITARY SOCIETY)
A concretion layer covers the the Civil War submarine H.L. Hunley as it stands free of the steel truss that was used to raise it from the ocean floor in 2000 at Clemson University's Warren Lasch Conservation Center in North Charleston, South Carolina January 12, 2012. The Hunley was the secret weapon of the Confederacy and the world's first submarine to sink an enemy ship.It attacked and sank the Union warship Housatonic on the night of February 17, 1864, and then disappeared. The submarine was found several miles off Charleston, South Carolina in the 1990s and was recovered in 2000. REUTERS/Randall Hill (UNITED STATES - Tags: MILITARY SOCIETY)
John King (L) of J.A. King & Company, senior conservator Paul Mardikian (2nd L) and archaeologist Benjamin Rennison look over the Civil War submarine H.L. Hunley, as it stands free of the steel truss that was used to raise it from the ocean floor in 2000, at Clemson University's Warren Lasch Conservation Center in North Charleston, South Carolina January 12, 2012. The Hunley was the secret weapon of the Confederacy and the world's first submarine to sink an enemy ship.It attacked and sank the Union warship Housatonic on the night of February 17, 1864, and then disappeared. The submarine was found several miles off Charleston, South Carolina in the 1990s and was recovered in 2000. REUTERS/Randall Hill (UNITED STATES - Tags: MILITARY SOCIETY)
A concretion layer covers the hand crank that crew members powered the Civil War submarine H.L. Hunley after it was freed of the steel truss that was used to raise it from the ocean floor in 2000 at Clemson University's Warren Lasch Conservation Center in North Charleston, South Carolina January 12, 2012. The Hunley was the secret weapon of the Confederacy and the world's first submarine to sink an enemy ship.It attacked and sank the Union warship Housatonic on the night of February 17, 1864, and then disappeared. The submarine was found several miles off Charleston, South Carolina in the 1990s and was recovered in 2000. REUTERS/Randall Hill (UNITED STATES - Tags: MILITARY SOCIETY)
An interior view of the Civil War submarine H.L. Hunley at Clemson University's Warren Lasch Conservation Center in North Charleston, South Carolina January 12, 2012. The Hunley was the secret weapon of the Confederacy and the world's first submarine to sink an enemy ship. It attacked and sank the Union warship Housatonic on the night of February 17, 1864, and then disappeared. The submarine was found several miles off Charleston, South Carolina in the 1990s and recovered in 2000. REUTERS/Randall Hill (UNITED STATES - Tags: MILITARY SOCIETY)
A member of the conservation crew walks beside the Civil War submarine H.L. Hunley at Clemson University's Warren Lasch Conservation Center in North Charleston, South Carolina January 12, 2012. The Hunley was the secret weapon of the Confederacy and the world's first submarine to sink an enemy ship.It attacked and sank the Union warship Housatonic on the night of February 17, 1864, and then disappeared. The submarine was found several miles off Charleston, South Carolina in the 1990s and recovered in 2000. REUTERS/Randall Hill (UNITED STATES - Tags: MILITARY SOCIETY)
Senior conservator Paul Mardikian looks at the x-ray of a portal on the Civil War submarine H.L. Hunley at Clemson University's Warren Lasch Conservation Center in North Charleston, South Carolina January 12, 2012. The Hunley was the secret weapon of the Confederacy and the world's first submarine to sink an enemy ship.It attacked and sank the Union warship Housatonic on the night of February 17, 1864, and then disappeared. The submarine was found several miles off Charleston, South Carolina in the 1990s and recovered in 2000. REUTERS/Randall Hill (UNITED STATES - Tags: MILITARY SOCIETY)
Conservation crew members work on the Civil War submarine H.L. Hunley as it stands free of the steel truss that was used to raise it from the ocean floor in 2000 after the truss was removed at Clemson University's Warren Lasch Conservation Center in North Charleston, South Carolina January 12, 2012. The Hunley was the secret weapon of the Confederacy and the world's first submarine to sink an enemy ship.It attacked and sank the Union warship Housatonic on the night of February 17, 1864, and then disappeared. The submarine was found several miles off Charleston, South Carolina in the 1990s and was recovered in 2000. REUTERS/Randall Hill (UNITED STATES - Tags: MILITARY SOCIETY)
Senior conservator Paul Mardikian wets down the Civil War submarine H.L. Hunley after it was freed of the steel truss that was used to raise it from the ocean floor in 2000 at Clemson University's Warren Lasch Conservation Center in North Charleston, South Carolina January 12, 2012. The Hunley was the secret weapon of the Confederacy and the world's first submarine to sink an enemy ship.It attacked and sank the Union warship Housatonic on the night of February 17, 1864, and then disappeared. The submarine was found several miles off Charleston, South Carolina in the 1990s and was recovered in 2000. REUTERS/Randall Hill (UNITED STATES - Tags: MILITARY SOCIETY)
Senior conservator Paul Mardikian checks over the stern of the Civil War submarine H.L. Hunley at the Warren Lasch Conservation Center in North Charleston, South Carolina January 12, 2012. The Hunley was the secret weapon of the Confederacy and the world's first submarine to sink an enemy ship. It attacked and sank the Union warship Housatonic on the night of February 17, 1864, and then disappeared. The submarine was found several miles off Charleston, South Carolina in the 1990s and was recovered in 2000. REUTERS/Randall Hill (UNITED STATES - Tags: MILITARY SOCIETY)
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