Virginia-born Robert E Lee, 1807—1870, was commander-in-chief of the Southern Army during the Civil War of 1861–1865.
Lee was offered the role of commander-in-chief of the North Side forces but chose the South side after his home state of Virginia decided to leave the union.
Lee was the commander of the Virginia Army and a skilled tactician on the battlefield. He won several decisive battles at the beginning of the war. But when he tried to invade the north side in 1862 and 1863, things got worse and he lost the battle of Gettysburg.
Regarded as one of the historical figures of the South, Lee surrendered to the Commander-in-Chief of the Northern States, UIlysses S Grant, at Appomatox on April 9, 1865.
Source: The Civil War, Ne.se.
Before Christmas, a lead box was dug up that was initially thought to be the capsule, but when it was opened, it was clear that it was not right. There was certainly a silver coin, an envelope and a couple of water-damaged books, but it was not the treasure historians had hoped for, notes the local CBS channels.
On Monday, another container was found.
“They’ve found it! This time it’s probably the time capsule everyone was looking for!” twitter Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam posted pictures of a reddish and earthy box.
130 year old article
The existence of the copper box is known thanks to an article in the local newspaper Richmond Dispatch from 1887, which can be read on the governor’s website. It says that residents, organizations and companies came together and created the capsule in 1887 and that it contains, among other things, memorabilia from the southern states, reports the public service channel NPR.
Rumor has it that the box was buried next to the statue of Southern General Robert E Lee that has long stood in Richmond, which was the capital of the Southern States.
The monument was taken down in September, in light of the protests against racism and discrimination that have shaken the United States in recent years. In some quarters, Lee has come to symbolize racism and segregation since the southern states fought during the Civil War in the 1860s to keep slavery.
Has been x-rayed
However, the shelf after Lee’s statue remained until December, when Northam ordered that it also be removed. That was when the two containers were found.
The copper box was found in a granite block at the northeastern part of the plinth. It has been x – rayed and is believed to contain coins, buttons, books and ammunition, according to CBS. will open on Tuesday at 19 Swedish time.
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