Andersonville National Historic Site (a former Confederate prison from the Civil War) in Georgia will host living history programs throughout the coming weekend. All programs are free and open to the public.
Throughout Saturday and Sunday the national park will host historians, authors, and reenactors who will join park rangers and volunteers in telling the stories of the Union prisoners, their Confederate guards, and civilians during the prison’s existence in 1864.
Nearly 45,000 Union prisoners including over 100 U.S. Colored Troops were incarcerated in the famed stockade, the Confederacy’s largest prison camp, also known as “Camp Sumter.” The nearby Andersonville National Cemetery contains the graves of almost 13,000 men who died while prisoners of war.
The National Prisoner of War Museum in the national park tells the story of all American POWs in all wars, and includes displays of cells from Hanoi, Korea and other prisons. A movie, narrated by former POW U. S. Senator John McCain, is shown regularly at the museum.
The visitors center, bookstore and museum are open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The park is located near Americus, Georgia.
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