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Andersonville Prison hosts its living history weekend

Jerhvon Pearman as Corporal James Goodling
Bob O'Connor collection

The Commemoration of the Civil War Sesquicentennial at Andersonville Prison Historic Site will commence this weekend in Andersonville, GA. The stockade received its first prisoners during February of 1864.

The prison site, the most notorious of the over four dozen Confederate prisons during the Civil War, will conduct a living history weekend with programs both days.

One of the untold stories of the prison will be reenacted by Jerhvon T. Pearman, a young man from Americus, Georgia who will be proudly recreating Corporal James Gooding, of the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry. Gooding was one of the over 100 black Union prisoners in the stockade. He was also one of the 12,912 Union soldiers who died during his incarceration.

The Andersonville Prison site and the National Cemetery are two places not to be missed on your Sesquicentennial Civil War tour. This weekend would be a great time to stop by.

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