Prisoner of War Museum to Host Book Signing with Mark Hughes
Contact: Eric Leonard, 229 924-0343, x.201
ANDERSONVILLE, Georgia - The National Park Service and Eastern National will be hosting a book signing with Mark Hughes, author of The New Civil War Handbook at the National Prisoner of War Museum at Andersonville National Historic Site on Sunday, July 29, 2012 from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.
Mark Hughes is an electronics instructor widely recognized as an authority on Civil War cemeteries. Hughes worked in the electronics field for 43 years. Mark, his wife Patty, and their daughter Anna Grace live on the family farm near Kings Mountain, NC. His other books include: Bivouac of the Dead, The Unpublished Roll of Honor, and Confederate Cemeteries (2 vols.).
Eastern National is a 501(c)3 non-profit cooperating association, operating in more than 150 national parks, including Andersonville National Historic Site. Proceeds from the Eastern National sales outlet at the National Prisoner of War Museum are donated to the National Park Service to support educational and interpretive programs.
Andersonville National Historic Site is located 10 miles south of Oglethorpe, GA and 10 miles northeast of Americus, GA on Georgia Highway 49. The national park features the National Prisoner of War Museum, Andersonville National Cemetery and the site of the historic Civil War prison, Camp Sumter. Andersonville National Historic Site is the only national park within the National Park System to serve as a memorial to all American prisoners of war. Park grounds are open from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. with the museum opening at 9:00 a.m. Admission is free. For more information on the park, call 229 924-0343, visit on the web at www.nps.gov/ande/, or find us on Facebook at facebook.com/AndersonvilleNPS
Did You Know?
Around 30,000 Americans were kept as prisoners of war in and around New York City during the Revolutionary War. Most of these prisoners were held in warehouses, churches, and on ships in nearby harbors. An estimated 18,000 (60%) died as prisoners from 1775 to 1783. Of those, over 10,000 are thought to have perished on prison ships, most notably the Whitby and the Jersey.