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Lee Button Found In Time Capsule Under Confederate Monument

Robert E. Lee buttons
N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources
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These buttons were believed to be from Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee's dress coat.

A button that experts believe was from Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee's dress coat and a strand of hair from his horse are among the items found inside a time capsule discovered when workers removed the base of a Confederate statue from the grounds of the North Carolina state Capitol.

Workers found the time capsule while dismantling a 75-foot Confederate statue that stood on the state Capitol grounds for 125 years.

Also among the discoveries reported by the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources were Confederate money, song books and flags and a stone believed to be from Gettysburg.

Archaeologists and conservators from the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources said the metal box containing the items had rusted through in places, allowing the items to be severely damaged by the elements.

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The damaged time capsule metal box found beneath a Confederate statue in Raleigh.

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Another look at the damaged time capsule.

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A wooden box found in the time capsule.