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Contact: Jake Koch, 229-924-0343 ext. 201
Release Date: October 31, 2017
Contacts: Jake Koch, email@example.com, 229-924-0343, ext. 201
Rare opportunity to visit Civil War prison site at night
See Confederate guards and Union prisoners by campfire and lantern light
ANDERSONVILLE, Georgia – Join us for a rare chance to experience Camp Sumter Civil War prison site at night! On Saturday, November 11, Andersonville National Historic Site will open the historic Civil War prison site and the National Prisoner of War Museum from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Contemplate the nights of captivity endured by American prisoners of war (POWs) as you explore the museum after dark. Follow a path lit by lanterns to campfires out at the prison site, where living historians portraying Union prisoners and Confederate guards will offer you a glimpse of life at Camp Sumter during the winter of 1864-1865.
At 7:00 p.m. at the museum, special guest speaker April Baldwin will present “The Lesser-Known Role”, a program bringing to light the many contributions of African Americans to Andersonville. Ms. Baldwin is a Park Guide at Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail and is pursuing a Master of Arts in History at Alabama State University. At 8:00 p.m. at the prison site, Park Ranger Jennifer Hopkins will present “Honoring Our Fallen Veterans”, a program about those buried in Andersonville National Cemetery.
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. with the museum open from 9:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Admission is free. For more information on the park, call 229 924-0343, visit on the web at www.nps.gov/ande/, or find us on Facebook at facebook.com/AndersonvilleNPS
About the National Park Service. More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America’s 401 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Learn more at www.nps.gov.