According to reports, Georgia archaeologists have unearthed a number of rare Civil War artifacts after locating a Confederate prison camp.
State officials announced the discovery of Camp Lawton, which was reportedly found by a graduate student studying archaeology at Georgia Southern University. Student Kevin Chapman and his team found evidence of the camp’s stockade wall at Magnolia Springs State Park early this year. They also unearthed a tourniquet buckle, a makeshift tobacco pipe and a picture frame.
Dave Crass, Georgia’s state archaeologist, says it’s very rare to find such an unspoiled Civil War site. Camp Lawton imprisoned about 10,000 Union troops, but only for about six weeks before Gen. William T. Sherman’s army arrived and burned it during his 1864 March to the Sea.