Teaching the Stories of Prisoners of War

Sacrifice, courage, and perseverance are all values that can be learned from the prisoner of war experience. The park offers a series of lesson plans, field trip programs, and primary source materials designed to help students of all ages to better understand prisoners of war and the Andersonville Prison.

Please read our 2018-2019 Field Trip Planner for program offerings and details before planning a field trip to Andersonville.

Plan A Field Trip

Learn more about ranger-led and teacher-led activities to help students understand the experiences of Union Prisoners of war held at Andersonville.

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Park ranger talks with students at the prison site

Wirz Trial Lesson Plan

This mock trial lesson plan has been designed based on the historic Wirz Trial transcript. Lead your class in an examination of the laws of war.

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Historic drawing of the Wirz trial

Victory from Within: The American POW Experience

Victory From Within is a middle/high school curriculum intended to engage youth about the sacrifices made by American prisoners of war.

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Curriculum cover image showing exhibit title panels

Interview a Monument

This activity allows students to explore the monuments in the cemetery and to gain an understanding as to how and why people chose to build them.

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Students examine a historic monument

Last updated: July 13, 2019

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Mailing Address:

Andersonville National Cemetery
National Prisoner of War Museum
496 Cemetery Road

Andersonville, GA 31711


(229) 924-0343

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