Camp Misery pipe

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This elaborate smoking pipe, showing a turbaned man enjoying a hookah, was recovered from excavations at the Camp Misery Civil War camp site located in Stafford County, Virginia.  A team of archaeologists from the Virginia Department of Historic Resources, the Archeological Society of Virginia, James Madison University, and Cultural Resources, Inc. excavated at this location where a new high school was to be built. The Union soldiers who stayed at this camp over the winter of 1862 clearly felt that the original name of Camp Butler did not capture the reality of camp life.  More details on this excavation can be found here.

Plan of Camp Misery.  Courtesy of the Library of Congress (www.loc.gov)

Plan of Camp Misery. Courtesy of the Library of Congress (www.loc.gov)

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