Camp Lawton Found

It’s amazing to think Camp Lawton – a huge complex that housed 10000 prisoners – is still being rediscovered, but this news item informs us that part of the stockade walls have just been unearthed.

Lawton was an overflow camp for Andersonville, built in mid-1864 when the horror camp was bursting at the seams.  The University of Georgia has a nifty website with details about the camp.

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 (http://bit.ly/OXA31U) that the discovery was made last week at the site in Jenkins County, now part of Magnolia Springs State Park.

via Remnants of Civil War lockup unearthed in east Ga. – AP State Wire News – The Sacramento Bee.

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