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Civil-War Time Capsule Unearthed in New Orleans

Posted by Jean-Yves on Aug 6, 2018

Turn-of-the-century tour books, lots of Confederate cash, a post-Civil War medal from a Union veterans’ group, and a flag too tattered by time to tell whether it was US or Confederate were among items removed Friday from a 1913 time capsule buried beneath a Confederate monument in New Orleans.

The statue of the Confederacy’s first general, PGT Beauregard , was among four Confederate monuments removed last year. Its pedestal was removed last week. Stuck to the pedestal’s bottom was a copper box—a time capsule holding some items dating back to the Civil War. When the box and pedestal were separated, the box was open, according to Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser. He spoke at a news conference as the box’s damp, musty contents were unpacked for the first time.

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