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Nationally recognized team to investigate potential Confederate cemetery

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DOVER, TN (WSMV) -

A group of archeologists who made a big discovery are coming to Dover, TN to check out the site of a potential cemetery.

It all started when dowser Dan Griggs spent weeks witching and then diagramming what he believed to be 3,500 graves.

Griggs believes they are the graves of missing Confederate soldiers related to the Battle of Fort Donelson, which claims more Confederates missing in action than any other battle in the Civil War.

The mystery hit a roadblock when the state archeologist decided not to investigate based solely on divining rods. They said they needed actual bones.

Reluctantly and very carefully, property owner Darrell Watson dug in just one small area. He found bones almost immediately.

Before Watson could even call the state archeologist, his phone rang.

The team of geospatial scientists, soil experts and historians from Illinois will investigate the land.

The team recently made national news after finding 22 bodies of men massacred in a labor dispute in 1922.

Watson said he just couldn't let this go.

"We are through digging," Watson said. "We don't want to disturb bodies. Something is buried here."

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