Editor's Note: Camp Lawton was built in 1864 on 42 acres, thus making it the largest Civil War Confederate Prison. The goal was to relieve some of the overcrowding of the infamous Andersonville Prison. Close to the Augusta Railroad some 40 miles south with a good source of water, it was believed the camp could hold up to 40,000 men. This was not to be as Sherman came through the area in November 1864, and the prisoners were evacuated.
News of important discoveries made by the Georgia DNR and Georgia Southern University have been swirling around for a number of months. We can't wait to see and hear the great archaelogical finds and artifacts!
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and Georgia Southern University will hold a public open house at Group Shelter 2 at Magnolia Springs State Park from 1-5 p.m. Wednesday, August 18.
The community is invited to learn about recent archaeological discoveries connected to Camp Lawton, a Civil War Confederate prison camp, which was once located across the grounds of Bo Ginn National Fish Hatchery and Magnolia Springs State Park.
Representatives of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and Georgia Southern University will be on hand to discuss the discoveries and answer questions.
The event is free and open to the public.
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