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Hundreds of Civil War artifacts unearthed in Lotz House cellar

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A cellar that was hidden for 150 years has yielded a spectacular find. More than 900 Civil War artifacts had been hidden in one of Franklin's most historic homes until now.

The Lotz House sat near five of the most horrific hours in the entire war.

"How 750 people in this little town woke up to almost 10,000 causalities. It's an amazing story. This is, in many ways, where the Old South died," said J.T. Thompson, executive director of the Lotz House.

But that history is revered at the Lotz House, where an accidental discovery of an 1858 medicine bottle by an exterminator triggered an archaeological dig that has unearthed hundreds of artifacts, including marbles, minie balls, a leather knapsack, uniform buttons and even a silhouette photograph of a soldier's sweetheart.

"Had this been out in a farm field, exposed to the elements, it would've been long gone," said historian John Marlar.

The cellar is still yielding. In fact, the historians think they've so far only found maybe 20 percent of what has been buried there.

Nov. 30 marks the 149th anniversary of the Battle of Franklin, which took place near the Lotz House.

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