Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Rare Civl War artifacts discovered in Georgia

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.

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And I quote...

"[L]et us make a vow to our dead. Let us show them by our actions that we understand what they died for. Strengthened by their courage, heartened by their valor, and borne by their memory, let us continue to stand for the ideals for which they lived and died."
--Ronald Reagan at Pointe du Hoc, 1984