Friday, May 25, 2012


POW, not as in Batman, but as in Prisoner of War. Today we visited the Andersonville Prison, Cemetery and National POW Museum. It was eye-opening to say the least. It was an hour and a half drive each way, BUT the 3.5 hour tour was worth it. I'm in the process of trying to post all 91 photos I took...if I can figure out how to upload to Google web album thru Picasa. One of the things we learned is that the POW's in the Civil War were very creative...for entertainment, they would have lice races!! They would put a ring in the middle of a pan which was out in the sun. SO, it was hot!!! The first louse to crawl out of the circle was the loser. So many prisoners died from dysentery...they were sitting on the soil that Kaopectate was made from and they didn't even know it. They should have eaten dirt! Some prisoners were women. One woman disguised herself as a man. She was able to live through the war/prison and her gender wasn't discovered until she was hit by a car in the early 1900's and taken to the hospital! Some of the photos we saw of the prisoners were very upsetting so I did not capture them. They are embedded in my mind unfortunately. Tomorrow we are off to the National Civil War Naval Museum. Stay tuned...

1 comment:

  1. You really have to see it to understand what these men went through. For you New Yorkers, there were more soldiers from NY there than any other state and more died than any other state. The cemetery is still an active burial ground for veterans.


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