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Georgia Journal of Science

Article Title

PRESERVING THE MEMORY OF THOSE PERILOUS TIMES: ARCHAEOLOGY OF A CIVIL WAR PRISON IN BLACKSHEAR, GEORGIA**

Abstract

In the closing months of 1864 Confederate authorities were forced to evacuate the large stockade prisoner of war camps at Millen and Andersonville, Georgia in the face of General Sherman’s ‘March to the Sea’. While attempting to evade Union forces, approximately 5,000 POWs were sent along the Atlantic and Gulf railroad in south east Georgia, stopping just outside of the town of Blackshear. Archaeological investigations are currently underway to delineate the boundaries of this temporary camp/prison site and look to revel evidence of the lived experiences of both the POWs and guards who once occupied the area.

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