On the grounds of Magnolia Springs is the site of a former Civil War prison camp. Camp Lawton was a log stockade, with guard towers on the walls, and a ditch dug within the walls for a deadline. On high ground surrounding the prison, three earthen forts were excavated and armed with cannon to prevent escape and guard from attacks. One of the reasons the prison was located here was the large, pure spring, which could supply ample water to the prisoners; and the second reason involved the Augusta Railroad, located one mile from the camp. If the camp was threatened, prisoners could be loaded on trains and moved north to Augusta or south to Savannah, and to other points from there. At its peak, there were over 10,000 prisoners here.
Hopefully this cache will help you learn a little more about the history of the fort. This cache will take you around the fort’s earthen breastworks. Please stay on the marked trail and do not climb on the mounds or breastworks themselves. No major bushwhacking needed.
To figure out the final location of this cache, please answer the following questions. Answers are available on the Camp Lawton Kiosk, which are located at the posted coordinates.
1. What day in December did Sherman arrive in Millen?
2. Complete this sentence: “First was _______________” (number of letters of this city name)
3. What was the middle name of the man who drew sketches of the camp? (number of letters of his name)
4. What was the mortality rate (%) for confederate prisoners?
5. In August of 18___ Camp Lawton came into existence.
A = (#4 x 2) + 1
B = #1
C = #2 + #3 + #5
D = (#5 + #2) – 20
E = #3 x 2
Final Coordinates: N A 52.B92 W 0C D.5E1