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Georgia Civil War Camps

Georgia Civil War Camps

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. On-air and online, GPB has documented and compiled Georgia's role in the conflict between the states. There is much ground to cover. But don't worry! We're here to help you navigate through the resources old and new that can enhance your classroom studies.

Georgia Civil War Prison Camp Lawton

In November 1864, about 10,000 Northern prisoners would have been living here in Camp Lawton, an open-air stockade the size of about a dozen football fields. It was evacuated after only a few weeks because federal forces were pushing deeper into the state. After that, it was essentially forgotten.

Last year a team of archaeologists uncoverd the site and found a treasure trove of artifacts. Georgia Traveler's Rickey Bevington profiles the site and what was found there. Read the full story.

Watch the video story.

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