This past weekend, we stopped in Georgia to visit a guy that Vaughn had met while we volunteered in Moore, Oklahoma. While we ended up not staying as long in Americus as we had planned (they were moving their son), we did manage to get in an afternoon at the Andersonville National Historic Site, which was a Civil War POW Camp.
We first visited Andersonville last year, but we were kicked out before we could tour the whole park. 😉
This year was very anti-climatic.
We toured the museum,
and checked out what we had missed last year.
And this year we had time to wander through the cemetery. Andersonville National Cemetery started out as a graveyard for the nearly 13,000 Union soldiers who perished at the poorly managed Andersonville POW camp. Thanks to a smuggled burial chart, by a former prisoner, of the 12,920 Civil War soldiers buried here,
only about 450 were unable to be identified (pretty incredible when up to 100 men died per day, and their bodies were just laid shoulder to shoulder in shallow graves).
There are various memorials scattered over the well cared for grounds.The cemetery is still in use for the military yet. The cemetery is such a peaceful place to explore, and to reflect how much it cost, this freedom that we have.
I fear that we are not cognizant of how much of the freedoms that or forefathers fought and died for, have already been, and are currently being, stolen. The drive between the POW camp site and the cemetery, is a short, but pretty one… and there is a picnic area between the two. If you like to slow down and enjoy nature, as well as exploring historic locations, then you could spend an entire day at Andersonville.We spent some time driving through around the site of the camp also.
And, Yay! This year, I got my bumper sticker! 😉 it’s the little things in life, you know…