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.

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

Upcoming Programs and Events


March 7: First Saturday
March 14&15: Living History Weekend
April 3-13: Avenue of Flags
April 4: First Saturday
May 2: First Saturday
May 22-26: Avenue of Flags
May 24: Memorial Day Observance
June 6: First Saturday
June 26 - July 6: Avenue of Flags
July 4: First Saturday
August 1: First Saturday
September 5: First Saturday
September 11-21: Avenue of Flags
September 18: National POW/MIA Recognition Day
September 18 & 19: Memorial Illumination
September 19: Funeral for 13,000
October 3: First Saturday
November 6-13: Avenue of Flags
November 7: First Saturday
November 14: Night Museum
December 5: First Saturday
December 12: 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

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