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Georgia Journal of Science

Article Title

FIVE THOUSAND IN THE PINES: BLACKSHEAR’S CONFEDERATE PRISON CAMP

Abstract

Late 1864 saw the chaos of Union troops’ advancement through the heart of Georgia as the American Civil War waned. Caught in this were thousands of war captives, whose incarceration at various locales left stories of tragedy and resilience in the archaeological record. Recent efforts by the authors attempt to reveal the story and evidence of a little-known Confederate prison camp in Blackshear, Georgia. Using historical documents and a battery of archaeological tests, the likely location of the prison camp is confirmed.

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