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Andersonville Prison 150th Anniversary Commemoration

Eric Leonard, Chief of Interpretation and Education Eric Leonard, Chief of Interpretation and Education
ANDERSONVILLE, GA (WALB) -

Monday, marks the 150th anniversary of when the first group of Union soldiers arrived at the Andersonville prison in South Georgia. Workers at the National Historic site have a list of events to commemorate the anniversary.  

It was 150 years ago when 400 Union soldiers arrived at the Andersonville Prison on February 24, 1864. More than 13,000 prisoners died here.  

"The prisoners that arrive here on February 24th have been prisoners for a while, almost all them are captured months earlier after Gettysburg or other battles of 1863," said Eric Leonard.

Andersonville National Historic Site organizers plan to share the stories of these soldiers during a living history program every first Saturday of the month.  

"We're doing most of our programming on the first Saturday's of the month between next Saturday and the end of 2015 to explore the very complex very evolving story of this military prison and the other military prisons like it during the war," said Leonard.    

This is the headstone of the first prisoner who died just three days after arriving.  Organizers built these replicas of the prison for the upcoming event.  

"Inside this space we maintain a number of replica shelters. The prisoners were not provided shelter they had to improvise shelter with what they had on hand," said Leonard.    

The program, will start in March, and include presentations and tours of the prison site and cemetery.  

"This is the most famous of 150 military prisons North and South of the war and exploring that larger story is an important part of what we do here at Andersonville," said Leonard.    

The first Saturday program starts March 1st. Click here for a list of events.

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