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    The Wirz Trial: A Mock Trial Lesson Plan Examining the Laws of War

    This mock trial curriculum has been designed based on the historic Wirz Trial transcript. Explore »

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    Victory from Within: The American Prisoner of War Curriculum

    This curriculum provides a tool for understanding the sacrifices made by American POWs. Explore »

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    The American Civil War: A Humanitarian Perspective

    American Red Cross resources to help educators connect American history to humanitarian law. Explore »

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    Museum Scavenger Hunt

    A worksheet is available for students to work through as they explore the Museum. Explore »

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    Document Based Question: Conditions at Andersonville

    Have students work with primary sources related to Andersonville Prison. Explore »

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    Using the Film "Andersonville" in the Classroom

    Discussion questions and background information to make the most out of viewing the movie Explore »

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    Exploring Humanitarian Law

    Exploring Humanitarian Law is a curriculum written by the International Committee of the Red Cross Explore »

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    Exploring Humanitarian Law

    Exploring Humanitarian Law

    Exploring Humanitarian Law (EHL) is a teacher curriculum produced by the International Committee of the Red Cross in association with the Education Development Center and in collaboration with the American Red Cross. The EHL curriculum meets the National Social Studies Standards for high school and it is integrated as part of basic education in secondary school curricula across the world.

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    The Memory Star Project

    The Memory Star Project

    The Memory Star Project hopes to collect 13,000 stars from classrooms, families and community members across the country; one star for each life that ended too soon. 13,000 stars illustrate the physical scope of prison fatalities but also the infinite number of dreams, loves and unrealized futures that each person possessed. Just as prisoners came from all over America, so too do we hope to have Memory Stars from every state.

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    Using the Film "Andersonville" in the Classroom

    Using the Film

    Popular media, such as books and films, have long been used to teach the story of Andersonville. The 1996 film "Andersonville" continues to be a popular classroom tool. This material is intended to assist teachers in clearly identifying historical reality versus Hollywood illusion and aiding students to think critically about the portrayal of historic events.

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    Victory from Within: The American Prisoner of War Curriculum

    Victory from Within: The American Prisoner of War Curriculum

    The Victory From Within (VFW) Curriculum is a companion middle/high school curriculum for the traveling exhibit “Victory From Within: The American Prisoner of War Experience.” The Curriculum is designed to accompany the traveling exhibit, but it can also be utilized with a visit to the National Prisoner of War Museum at Andersonville National Historic Site or as a standalone curriculum.

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    August Anguish at Andersonville (Grades 4-6)

    August Anguish at Andersonville (Grades 4-6)

    In August of 1864, over 32,000 American soldiers were held captive at Andersonville. Mismanagement and overcrowding lead to a high rate of suffering and death among the prisoners. Understanding the scale of suffering is a challenge; this activity uses math activities and word problems to explore the darkest moment of the prisons history.

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    August Anguish at Andersonville (Grades 9-12)

    August Anguish at Andersonville (Grades 9-12)

    In August of 1864, over 32,000 American soldiers were held captive at Andersonville. Mismanagement and overcrowding lead to a high rate of suffering and death among the prisoners. Understanding the scale of suffering is a challenge; this activity uses math activities and word problems to explore the darkest moment of the prisons history.

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    The Wirz Trial: A Mock Trial Lesson Plan Examining the Laws of War

    The Wirz Trial: A Mock Trial Lesson Plan Examining the Laws of War

    In the fall of 1865, Captain Wirz was tried by a military commission in Wasngton, D.C. His trial, convition, and subsequent execution for violations of the laws of war represent a significant moment in the evolution of the laws of war. This mock trial lesson plan has been designed based on the historic Wirz Trial transcript. The witness statements are selections from the primary source.

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    Civil War Prison Museum Activity Booklet

    Civil War Prison Museum Activity Booklet

    A booklet is available for students to work through as they explore the National Prisoner of War Museum, emphasizing the Civil War prisoner experience. If you plan on using this activity, you will need run copies for your students before you arrive.

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    Prisoner of War Museum Activity Booklet

    Prisoner of War Museum Activity Booklet

    A booklet is available for students to work through as they explore the National Prisoner of War Museum, focusing on the prisoner of war experience. If you plan on using this activity, you will need run copies for your students before you arrive.

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    Exploring Andersonville: A Self-guiding Prison Site Walking Tour

    Exploring Andersonville: A Self-guiding Prison Site Walking Tour

    The site of the Camp Sumter Military Prison, commonly known as Andersonville, is preserved as part of the Andersonville National Historic Site. Today a grassy field punctuated with stakes to mark the location of the deadline and stockade wall, the prison site provides a unique opportunity to explore the experiences of the 45,000 prisoners of war held here in 1864-65. This document provides a guide for teachers leading students around the prison site.

Did You Know?

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Two unknown Union soldiers are buried in Grave 13,718. These prisoner deaths were discovered in 1899 when heavy rains exposed their remains within the prison site. It is thought that they died as a result of suffocation from a cave-in or a shelter or well.