investigated Block 4 for six years. In all these
investigations, we learned much about the typical daily life
of the prisoners.
We have conducted
excavations at Block 4 for six years. The map shows
many of the features that were discovered during these
investigations, including the building's post holes and two
latrines used by the prisoners of Block 4. To learn
more about the prisoners,
rubber carvings were made by the prisoners to either
sell or to send to their families. They made
trinkets as well as rings, buttons, brooches, and
This hard rubber
ring was carved out of a button with two silver sets
added. We have not yet figured out what the
hand pointing to the heart means.
We have found
other examples of this type of carving in Block 4.
J. C. Lee was with the 15th Arkansas. His ring was
found in Block 4.
The prisoners spent much of their time writing
letters home to their family.
Archaeologically, we find evidence of this activity
through ink wells and pen nibs. Below is one
of the many ink wells we have discovered at
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