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Sunday, the Andersonville Historic site held it's annual "Living History Weekend." Several volunteer actors, and spectators came from as far as New York to see a simulated version of prison life for the Union Soldiers held in captivity by the Confederate Army at Camp Sumpter, the infamous Civil War military prison. Chief Ranger Eric Leonard says that Andersonville was one of the most critical parts of the Civil War. "This living history weekend where we repopulate the prison with volunteers dressed as soldiers, civilians, and guards is an opportunity for modern visitors to gain a certain amount of understanding of the experience of the people during those times," says Leonard. Andersonville only had an estimated 33 escapes out 45,000 inmates.

Sites such as Andersonville host living historical acts to paint pictures that the typical text-book can not. As young, Awyn Leonard stated, "history has never felt more alive."

In addition to the living history exhibit, visitors were also given tours of the historic site. A second living history weekend will be held later in the year during the weekend of Oct. 25 and 26. For more information on themes or featured prisons visit the park's website at: www.nps.gov/ande/





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