|Results from the
2005 season, along with plans for 2006
|Data and photos
from previous digs, including images of some of the
thousands of artifacts collected at the site
information for those conducting genealogical and
other research into the officers incarcerated in the
For the past five years, we have
been excavating portions of Block 4, one of thirteen Blocks
that the prisoners were housed in.
Block 6 was the prison
hospital, and Block 1 was used for housing prisoners that
had taken the Oath of Allegiance. Block 4 was one of the
other blocks that held prisoners throughout the war. Of
special interest in Block 4 were several occupants that were
well known in their craft activities. We have the diary of
Robert Smith and letters from Francis Marion Jackson,
roommates within Block 4. This year, we will be continuing
our excavations along the 1862-64 wall which was the site of
several latrines from the early part of the war.
We are also hoping to
recover additional evidence of the POW's activities within
the block (see POW Research).
We want to compare our findings from Block 2 to those of
Block 4, to determine if the common blocks (2-5 and 7-13)
will produce similar types of material culture. As we
proceed with these investigations, we will try to update our
internet site on our findings.
Of interest in our latest
summerís work is the large quantity of hard rubber items
recovered. These items show the craft activity that is
written about throughout the use of the prison by the
prisoners. Hard rubber was carved into finger rings,
trinkets, broaches, pins, and a variety of other items.
Recovered items include both the finished product as well as
waste and broken pieces. Careful examination of these
materials will provide a clearer picture of just what tools
and skills were necessary for the production of some very
School groups that are
participating in this investigation are encouraged to orient
themselves to this map and after their participation, locate
where they worked at the site. By the close of our studies
this year, we should have most of the area noted within the
red rectangle excavated and the various classes that
participated will be able to understand their role in the
accomplishment of this research.
Investigations have been
undertaken within the Prison Compound at various locations,
including the Prison Hospital. Previously, some of the
latrines associated with the hospital have been explored.
Last year (2006), we began our investigation of the actual
location of Block 6, the Prison Hospital. This coming
Summer (2007) we will be continuing our investigation of
this block. We are anxious to understand what the daily
experiences were for those that found themselves confined to
the hospital. Only the very sick were usually placed into
the hospital. The hospital block has specific areas
designated for cooking, treatment, storage of the deceased;
and we hope through our investigations we may be able to
discern some of these.