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    Ten-Hut Time Machine? West Point to Open Time Capsule Possibly Left by Cadets in the 1820s

    Ten-Hut Time Machine? West Point to Open Time Capsule Possibly Left by Cadets in the 1820s

    A long-forgotten time capsule at West Point recently discovered inside the of a monument and believed to have been left by cadets in the late 1820s is expected to be pried open Monday.

    The contents of the small lead box could possibly provide a window into the early, more Spartan days of the storied U.S. Academy.

    It's not certain exactly when the box was placed in the monument's marble base or who chose any items inside, though a committee of five cadets that may have been involved with the time capsule included 1829 graduate Robert E. Lee, the future Confederate general.

    The box will be opened during a livestreamed event.

    “It's a mystery, right? A mystery of history,” said Jennifer Voigtschild, the academy's command historian.

    The container was discovered in May during restoration to a monument honoring the Revolutionary War hero Thaddeus Kosciuszko. A construction manager made the surprise find and carefully pulled out the hefty box, which is about a cubic foot.

    “After I shut the job down and we roped off the area, then I realized, ‘Oh my gosh, what did we find?'” manager Chris Branson said.

    Cadets in the 1820s honored Kosciuszko, a Polish military engineer, with a column near where current classes march and play soccer. As an officer of the Continental , he designed wartime fortifications at the location along the Hudson River, before the military academy was established…

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