Civil War Wrap-Up, Part Two: Andersonville, Georgia

Posted on May 25, 2016

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images (5)Established in 1970, Andersonville National Historic Site has three main features: the National Prisoner of War Museum, the Prison Site, and Andersonville National Cemetery.

This is a hard one to write about, so I’ll let the National Park Services hand-out do it for me. “Prison Site: Hastily built to relieve crowding in Richmond prisons and to relocate Union prisoners away from the battlefront, Camp Sumpter military prison, commonly known as Andersonville, was an unfinished, under-supplied prison pen when the first prisoners arrived in February 1864. Intended to hold 10,000 men, the 16-1/2 acre pen had a 15-foot high stockade wall and two gates….expanded to 26-1/2 acres in July,…POW’s continued to arrive, and by August over 32,000 struggled to survive in what the men called ‘hell on earth.’ ”

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The prison site is now the location of numerous memorials erected by the home states of those once imprisoned there.

The museum also illuminates the horrific conditions experienced by all POW’s, both before and after the Civil War. All in all, you can’t really enjoy this National Historic Site, but you shouldn’t ignore an opportunity to visit either.

It’s one of those places everyone should see, even if it hurts.

IMG_0691On a more upbeat note, a quick trip through Plains, Georgia gave us a drive-by look at Jimmy Carter’s walled-in retirement residence and the little town’s ‘Main Drag’, which is pretty much exclusively dedicated to the Carter memory.IMG_0692

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