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Civil War POW camp to be excavated

Archaeologists in South Carolina are getting ready to excavated Camp Asylum, a state mental hospital which was used as a POW camp for two months during the Civil War.

The 1,200 men weren’t held there long, just two months. But period drawings from what was called Camp Asylum show where they were corralled as the calendar turned from the Christmas season of 1864 to the New Year of 1865.

Many wrote of their experiences in letters home. Dozens either kept diaries or wrote memoirs. Some lectured on their experiences after the war, their accounts captured by newspaper reporters and magazine writers, said DePratter, head of the research division at the University of South Carolina’s Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology.

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Story: Dawn Hinshaw, The State | Photo: Dawn Hinshaw, The State

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