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    Andersonville

    National Historic Site Georgia

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A wide array of primary source material exists that provides first-hand accounts of the experiences of prisoners of war. The following items represent some of the most useful and interesting.

  • Drawing of men cowering in an open prison pen during a storm.

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    Life and Death in Rebel Prisons

    One of the earliest published Andersonville prisoner memoirs. Explore »

  • Cover page of transcript

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    Trial of Henry Wirz

    Published transcript from the war crimes trial of Captain Henry Wirz Explore »

  • Plan of the Libby prison escape tunnel

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    Libby life: experiences of a prisoner of war in Richmond, Va., 1863-64

    An officer's account of captivity at the Libby prison. Explore »

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    Trial of Henry Wirz

    Trial of Henry Wirz

    Published at the request of Congress, this government document provides a narrative transcript of the trial of Captain Wirz.

Did You Know?

Plaque at entrance to National Prisoner of War Museum

On April 9, 1942 on the Bataan peninsula in the Philippines, 10,000 American soldiers became prisoners of the Japanese. Exactly 56 years later the National Prisoner of War Museum was dedicated. Many former POWs and their families attended, including survivors of the Bataan Death March.