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Contact: Jody Mays, 229-924-0343 ext. 115
Release Date: 4 March 2016
Contacts: Jody Mays, firstname.lastname@example.org, 229-924-0343, ext. 201
Living History Weekend at Andersonville National Historic Site
History comes alive at Camp Sumter Civil War Prison during this annual event
ANDERSONVILLE, Georgia – Andersonville National Historic Site will host its annual Civil War Living History Weekend on Saturday, March 12 and Sunday, March 13, 2016. This living history program offers visitors the opportunity to gain a better understanding of what life was like at Camp Sumter, the infamous military prison near Andersonville, during the last days of the Civil War. Civil War period living historians will portray Union prisoners, Confederate guards, and civilians.
A variety of programs will be offered on both days, including guard drill and artillery demonstrations. Living historians will be present in the area of the prison site from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, and from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Sunday. There is no admission fee and this event is open to the public. For more information about this annual event, go to nps.gov/ande/planyourvisit/livinghistoryweekend.htm
This year’s event will include a special ceremony to honor Lance Cpl. Squire “Skip” Wells, one of five military servicemen gunned down July 16, 2015, in Chattanooga, Tennessee. A native of Georgia and a U.S. Marine, Skip was also a living historian and a past participant in our Living History event. This special memorial ceremony will be held at 2:15 p.m. on Saturday, March 12, and will feature U.S. Congressman Sanford Bishop.
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 nps.gov/ande/ Visit us on Facebook at facebook.com/AndersonvilleNPS, or Twitter at twitter.com/andeNHS
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