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History comes to life at Andersonville National Historic Site

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ANDERSONVILLE, GA (WALB) -

The Andersonville National Historic Site is gearing up to host its annual Civil War Living History Weekend on Saturday, March 11, and Sunday, March 12, 2017.

During the two days, site goers can experience what it was like at the site back in the Civil War Era.

There will be multiple programs offered throughout the weekend, like guard drill and artillery demonstrations and living historians portraying Civil War figures.

"We're going to have a lot of different activities going on here this weekend," said Jake Koch of the National Park Service. "We'll have living historians from all over Georgia, are coming to volunteer their time. And demonstrations from Kennesaw National Battlefield A canon detachment is going to be here. Stephen Zachariah from the Georgia Department of Agriculture is going to be here from Tifton. There are a lot of different programs you don't normally get to see."

This is less a lecture than a  demonstration.  "We will portray Union and Confederate soldiers, the union prisoner, the Confederate guards. They spend their own time and money to come here. They buy their own uniforms, their own weapons," said Koch.

The living historians will be out on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

The Civil War Living History Weekend is free and open to the public.

The Andersonville National Historic Site is located at 496 Cemetery Road, in Andersonville.

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