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Georgia POW camp site remains from Civil War

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 3, 2013 at 10:59 am •  Published: February 3, 2013

"They found a lot of artifacts," he said.

Who knows what they would find at the Blackshear site, but Lowmon said some people have been known to look.

"There were stories about kids throwing cannon balls in the creek," and one of the private landowners said he's run off people with metal detectors, Lowmon said.

There are also written accounts of some prisoners dying and being buried on the grounds, which Brown said was realistic given the POWs' horrid living conditions and poor diets at Andersonville.

"They died on the train ride over. They died in the camp," he said.

Twenty-seven who were buried there were disinterred and their remains moved to a federal cemetery in Beaufort, S.C., Brown said.

Brown said he would like some ground-penetrating radar used at the site to determine if there are artifacts. If so an archaeology team from a state university could do a study.

"It would require a lot of precision work," he said.

Lowmon said he at least would like for someone to find the location of the burial ground, thought to be in a wooded area.

Were the site developed, it would become a stop for historic tourists, especially for those with an interest in the Civil War, Lowmon said.

The pity is that it wasn't done before the 150th anniversary of the war began but there's still time left, he said.

Establishing the site also has historic value, Brown said.

"It places the Civil War front farther out," he said.