As a Confederate monument was removed Thursday, a 103-year-old time capsule was uncovered.
Found as part of the deconstruction phase at the Confederate Memorial in St. Louis, MO, has now been removed from the site and sits in storage at an undisclosed location.
Archives show it contains documents from the Daughters of the Confederacy and at least one other item.
Mark Trout, director of the Missouri Civil War Museum said:
“As we were jackhammering around, we vibrated it. It popped loose.
“It was like Indiana Jones. Lifted it up and there was the box.
“We know the last thing put in the box was a magazine placed in there by one of the soldiers of General Pickett’s (Confederate) division at Gettysburg; the famous ‘Pickett’s Charge’. He held it up at the ceremony saying, ‘Hey look, we’re in the magazine. Put this in the box.’ When we open that box the first thing laying on top should be the ‘Star’ magazine that the soldier placed there.”
The time capsule is set to unsealed privately in the coming days, with the contents revealed at a fundraiser for the Missouri Civil War Museum preservation fund.