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Remnants of Civil War Lockup Unearthed in East Ga.

6:46 PM, Oct 12, 2012   |    comments
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MILLEN, Ga. (AP) - Archaeologists say they've unearthed timbers hidden since the Civil War which are believed to be from Confederate Camp Lawton, a stockade used to hold more than 10,000 Union prisoners.

The Augusta Chronicle reports that the discovery was made last week at the site in Jenkins County, now part of Magnolia Springs State Park.

Geophysicists and students from Georgia Southern and the University of Georgia used ground-penetrating radar, magnetometry and other technology to search for anomalies that helped define the locations of the original stockade walls.

Crews also extracted several wooden timbers that were submerged in Magnolia Spring, which provided water for thousands of prisoners housed at Camp Lawton. The timbers, including one that weighed about 400 pounds, were found where the stockade wall would have crossed the spring.

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