Prisoner of War Museum to host program on Hawaiians in the Civil War
Contact: Stephanie Steinhorst, 229 924-0343, ext. 203
Contact: Eric Leonard, 229 924-0343, ext. 201
ANDERSONVILLE, Georgia – The National Prisoner of War Museum will be hosting historian Justin Vance from Hawaii Pacific University on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 1:00 pm. Dr. Vance will be giving a program in the auditorium entitled, "Hawaiians and POWs from Hawaii in the American Civil War."
Dr. Vance is a history professor at Hawaii Pacific University in Honolulu, and has spent much of his academic career exploring the connections between these foreign powers. "Hawaii had a very close relationship with the United States for 40 years before the Civil War began," Vance writes, "and there are many reasons that people of the Pacific decided to take part." Hawaii missionary descendants and many New-England educated Native Hawaiians had interests in preserving the Union and in abolition, while other Hawaiians joined the Confederate Navy. Native Hawaiians were often assigned to colored regiments in the United States Army, serving alongside African American soldiers. At least two Hawaiians were captured during the conflict and shared their prisoner of war experience with thousands of others.This program will explore these stories and the complex racial narrative of Civil War Hawaii.
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. The National Prisoner of War Museum is open 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., daily. Admission is free. For more information on the park, call 229 924-0343, or visit at www.nps.gov/ande/ Visitus on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AndersonvilleNPS, Twitter www.twitter.com/andeNHS
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Did You Know?
A small number of Andersonville prisoners were able to grow crops such as beans and corn. Prisoner diaries and sketches mention this fact and a photograph taken in the summer of 1864 shows corn stalks growing near a shelter. Such an undertaking would require constant guard and demonstrates that prisoners knew they might be captives at Andersonville for quite some time.