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A Civil War lesson
Heritage Day today on GSU campus at Sweetheart Circle
CAMP LAWTON artifacts Web
Iron eating utensils are among the artifacts on display at the Georgia Southern Museum's Camp Lawton Exhibit. - photo by SCOTT BRYANT/Herald File

Sweetheart Circle will take on the look of a military encampment today as Georgia Southern holds Civil War Heritage Day. The event is sponsored by the GSU Museum and includes living history demonstrations, displays of prized artifacts, and opportunities to talk with archeologists, historians, and educators about the Civil War.
Living history interpreters will re-enact scenes demonstrating artillery, musket firing, field surgery, blacksmithing, Civil War era-crafts and more. Inside the Georgia Southern Museum, visitors can tour an exhibit of unique Civil War artifacts unearthed at the site of Camp Lawton in Millen.
The artifacts were found in 2010 by a group of Georgia Southern archaeology students working to pinpoint the boundaries of the Civil War’s largest prison camp. The group found dozens of artifacts, many of them personal items that belonged to Union soldiers held captive in the Confederate prison camp.
The event runs from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. and the $5 admission and proceeds help support Georgia Southern Museum Exhibition projects. Admission is free to Museum members and current Georgia Southern students with a valid student ID. For more information, call (912) 478-5444 or visit www.georgiasouthern.edu/museum.

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