(CNN) -- On the eve of the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War, soil beneath south Georgia pine trees has yielded the first of what is expected to be a treasure of artifacts that will bear witness to the lives of prisoners and the horrors they endured.
This spring's discovery of about 200 everyday Civil War-era items -- including a smoking pipe, uniform buttons, a picture frame, coins, bullets and objects fashioned by Union prisoners -- is unparalleled for many reasons, archaeologists said.
Items found so far at the site . . .
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