Title

Grey Ghosts: Searching for Confederates at Camp Lawton

Document Type

Presentation

Publication Date

2018

Abstract

POW camps were transitory and ephemeral places, existing in a liminal state during warfare. Yet, this ephemeral nature makes POW camps ideal to examine myriad aspects of human behavior. Camp Lawton was a Confederate camp for Union POWs, inhabited for six weeks and abandoned in advance of Sherman’s march in 1864. Previous research uncovered extensive archaeological material from the POW occupation; but areas related to Confederate guard occupation were unknown. This paper summarizes recent excavations of Confederate loci and presents the results with some initial interpretations to begin to untangle the story of groups at war, but not in war.

Sponsorship/Conference/Institution

75th Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Archaeological Conference

Location

Augusta, GA

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