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    Andersonville

    National Historic Site Georgia

150th Anniversary of the Andersonville Prison

Civil War soldiers and visitors mingle
A Union POW points to a guard inside the prison site.
NPS/Eric Leonard
 

2011 to 2015 marks the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War. Through 2015, in programs, publications and special events, Andersonville National Historic Site will mark this important anniversary and explore how the story of Andersonville fits into the larger Civil War experience.

Andersonville National Historic Site plans to mark the 150th anniversary of the operation of the Camp Sumter Military Prison beginning in January 2014. Over the next two years, the park will conduct a series of programs that address various themes of captivity and other Civil War prisons in addition to Andersonville.

To learn more about the scheduled programs and the framework of the anniversary programming, click here.

Upcoming Programs and Events

2014
March 1: First Saturday Programs
March 8-9 : Living History Weekend
April 5: First Saturday Programs
April 12: Park Day
May 3: First Saturday Programs
May 25: Memorial Day Observance
June 7: First Saturday Programs
July 5: First Saturday Programs
August 2: First Saturday Programs
September 6: First Saturday Programs
October 25-26: Living History Weekend
November 1: First Saturday Programs
November 15: Night Museum
December 6: First Saturday Programs
December 13 : Wreaths Across America

More information on these and other programs can be found in the Event Calendar.

 

Special Program: The Road to Andersonville

Join a park ranger on a guided walk following in the footsteps of the 45,000 United States soldiers who entered into Andersonville prison from 1864-1865. This program will be offered on select First Saturdays throughout 2014-2015. The tour begins at the National Prisoner of War Museum at Andersonville National Historic Site and lasts 1 hour and 30 minutes. The tour starts promptly at 10:00 am. Although this is a free tour, it is ticketed.

Tickets must be obtained online. more information....

 

Themes and Featured Prisons

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 also feature other Civil War prisons and draw on their stories to present a fuller picture of the captivity experience.

Month/Year Theme Highlighted Prison
January/February 2014 Creation Richmond Complex
March/April 2014 Arrival Rock Island, IL
May/June 2014 Confinement Camp Ford, TX
July/August 2014 Desperation Fort Delaware, DE
September/October 2014 Evacuation Camp Lawton, GA
November/December 2014 Conversion Temporary Camps
January/February 2015 Negotiation Camp Douglas, IL
March/April 2015 Departure Florence, SC
May/June 2015 Apprehension Coastal Fortifications
July/August 2015 Accountability Elmira, NY
September/October 2015 Sacrifice Salisbury, NC
November/December 2015 Dedication Fort Lafayette, NY

Did You Know?

Lieber College sign

Dr. Francis Lieber was the primary author of instructions for U.S. troops regarding prisoners of war. As a Constitutional professor and abolitionist, his work was widely unpopular in the Civil War South. Today a building at the University of South Carolina, where he taught, is named in his honor.