Evidence Response Teams Assist in Excavation of Civil War-Era Site

Evidence Response Teams from our Jacksonville and Tampa Field Offices recently partnered with the National Park Service in Georgia to excavate the site of a Civil War-era Confederate POW camp.

It is believed more than 500 Union soldiers died of smallpox in the winter of 1864 while marching more than 100 miles from the prison at Andersonville to Thomasville, Georgia.

The dig in February provided FBI investigators with an opportunity to learn more about how archaeologists excavate human remains and for the the Park Service staff to see how the FBI sifts for evidence at a burial site.

"This gives an opportunity to see what they do and look at their methods and see if we can translate some of those to our crime scene work," said Special Agent Lauren Regucci, leader of the Jacksonville Division Evidence Response Team.