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Confederate Officer finds discoidal in Florida

by James “Joe” Kinker

Central States Archaeological Societies 2007 April Journal

Hermann, Missouri

 
Peterson Witten Goodwyn, born 1830, served the Confederacy as Captain, Company C, Sixth South Carolina Cavalry. (photo courtesy of Eugene R.Goodwyn III copyright 2006).
 

Peterson.Witten Goodwyn, who served as a Confederate Army Captain in Company C, Sixth South Carolina Cavalry under the command of General M.C.Butler moved to Lake City, Florida after the Civil War. There he worked for a Florida Railroad company while living in Lake City, Florida. He found this discoidal somewhere between there and Tallahassee, Florida. It was passed down through the family until it was given to his great grandson, Eugene R. Goodwyn III, of Seneca, South Carolina.

Mr. Goodwyn III learned of its use from Tommy Charles, South Carolina State Archaeologist who identified it and explained its usage. The discoidal is a single cup Tennessee type measuring 5 3/4 inches in diameter and is made of highly polished golden quartzite.

 

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