Samuel Melvin: A Story in Stone

Andersonville National Historic Site


On December 31, 1863 Samuel Melvin made a New Years Resolution to keep a diary in hopes that one day someone might take pleasure in reading it. 150 years later, in the summer of 2014, his wish was fulfilled, as thousands of people followed his diary on the Andersonville National Historic Site Facebook page. Samuel became a window into the tragedy of captivity - a human face to the hopes and dreams that were lost at Andersonville. He died on September 25, 1864.


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NPS/C. Barr, J. Rudy, E. Goetsch

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