150th Anniversary First Saturday Programs—May 3, 2014
Contact: Eric Leonard, 229 924-0343, ext. 201
Contact: Stephanie Steinhorst , 229 924-0343, ext. 203
Park staff and volunteers explore the experience of confinement at Andersonville
ANDERSONVILLE, Georgia –At the beginning of May 1864, the Andersonville prison had been operating for just over two months, and held just over its intended capacity of 10,000 prisoners; by the end of the month, the number of prisoners held here would nearly double, as United States soldiers captured at the Battle of the Wilderness and elsewhere were transported to southwest Georgia. Prisoner John Ransom predicted, "It is going to be an awful place during the summer months here, and thousands will die no doubt." Join park staff and volunteers for special programs on the First Saturday of May (Saturday, May 3, 2014), to learn more about the Andersonville Prison. There is no admission fee and all programs are open to the public.
10:00 a.m. — Ranger program: "Command and Control"
11:00 a.m. — Prison Site Walk
1:00 p.m. — Special program: "The Slaves' Gamble for Freedom: Choosing Sides in the War of 1812"
2:00 p.m. — Ranger program: "Confinement at Camp Ford"
3:00 p.m. — The Burying Ground: A Walk through the Andersonville National Cemetery
All programs are subject to change due to weather and other concerns.
First Saturdays are one of a variety of programs over the two-year period of the 150th anniversary of the prison in 2014 & 2015 that will explore the prison site and the prison experience at Andersonville while also addressing the larger story at other military prisons, in the north and south. Every two months during the anniversary period, the park will focus on a single word theme that represents the events, conditions, or emotions of prisoners during the war. To expand the prisoner story, the park will feature other Civil War prisons and draw on their stories to present a fuller picture of the captivity experience.
For more information on anniversary programs, themes and other featured prisons, please visit the park website at: http://go.nps.gov/cwprisons
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?
Inside the Andersonville prison was a vibrant free market economy. Prisoner George Fechtner recounted that, “there were a number of barber shops there where men could get shaved, their hair cut and whiskers dyed, and some of them carried on the doctoring business. They would buy their dyeing articles to work with, their soap and other things, from new arrivals.” Other prisoners operated stores, sold firewood, and repaired clothes and shoes.