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Ceremony held in Andersonville to honor fallen Union soldiers

An empty casket represented all of the soldiers. An empty casket represented all of the soldiers.
Hundreds of people came out to Andersonville National Cemetery to honor the 13,000 Union soldiers. Hundreds of people came out to Andersonville National Cemetery to honor the 13,000 Union soldiers.
Kathryn Skates Kathryn Skates
Christy Trent Christy Trent
Andersonville National Cemetery will be honoring the 150 year anniversary of the Civil War. Andersonville National Cemetery will be honoring the 150 year anniversary of the Civil War.
ANDERSONVILLE, GA (WALB) -

Hundreds of people came out to Andersonville National Cemetery to honor the 13,000 Union soldiers buried there. Family members of those soldiers came all the way from Ohio for the event.

George New is one of the Civil War Union soldiers who were captured and died in Andersonville. His great niece, Kathryn Skates, came out with dozens of others to honor New and the others buried there.  

Charles E. Davis, who was a part of the Kentucky Cavalry, was also among the many being honored.

Christy Trent said Davis was from her father's side of the family. He also loved history, but died a few years prior to the event. 

"My dad would have just been blown away he would have just loved it," said Trent.

Between the bagpipes playing and empty casket to represent the soldiers, it was a ceremony that had both families moved to tears.

Andersonville National Cemetery will be honoring the 150 year anniversary of the Civil War all weekend long. 

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