Rare opportunity to visit Civil War prison site at night

Published 3:36 pm Monday, November 6, 2017

ANDERSONVILLE — Join us for a rare chance to experience Camp Sumter Civil War prison site at night! On Saturday, Nov. 11, Andersonville National Historic Site will open the historic Civil War prison site and the National Prisoner of War Museum from 6-9 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 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. 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 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.
The public invited and all events at the site are free of charge.