Anthropology department unearths Civil War history

MU professors and graduates are digging up the past to learn more about the conditions for soldiers during the Civil War at Camp Misery in Stafford County, Va.

“Try to imagine, if you would, spending three months in a building that was probably not much more than about 14 or 15 feet long and eight feet wide, and sharing that with between four or six other guys. Imagine that being heated by a small heating device in one room. Imagine spending most of your time in an outdoors that was covered with snow, sleet, rain,” said anthropology professor Clarence Geier in describing the conditions that Union soldiers braved at Camp Misery during the winter of 1861-1862.

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