Georgia

Lost Civil War Prison

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In the fall of 1864 the Confederate Army marched Union prisoners into a hastily built compound called Camp Lawton in Jenkins County, Georgia. The population mushroomed to more than 10,000 in just six weeks. Then, as Sherman's army approached, guards and prisoners alike were forced to flee. Abandoned, the camp disappeared into the forest and remained undisturbed for over a century, until a team from Georgia Southern University surveyed the site. They found what appeared to be on wall from the camp stockade wall, Civil War era coins, a daguerreotype, and more. The rest of the story was waiting to be uncovered. Time Team America joined the effort to map the entire stockade and learn more about this important moment in the nation's history.

Sneden Maps Slideshow »

Maps of Camp Lawton drawn by prisoner of war R.K. Sneden in 1864.

Courtesy Virginia Historical Society

TIME TEAM AMERICA'S CONTRIBUTION

Why We Went There

Why We Went There

The Big Questions

What We Did & What We Learned

What We Did & What We Learned

Field work, experimental archaeology, data collection and analysis, and interpretation

WHAT WE FOUND

What We Found

Fragments from Our Past

Check out some of the more telling artifacts found at this site.

INTERPRET THE DATA

Ground-Penetrating Radar

Ground-Penetrating Radar

GPR maps features such as walls, trenches, pits, and more.

Magnetic Susceptibility

Magnetic Susceptibility

This survey induces an electromagnetic field into the earth through a transmitting coil.

GEOPHYSICS RESULTS

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