The price of freedom?

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Thursday, August 28, 2008

We went to a POW camp! Now I bet you're all thinking, "that sounds interesting..." well it was!
Andersonville was a small town in North Carolina of about 20 people when the Confederate army decided they needed a place for prisoners during the civil war. It was far enough away from the fighting, close to a railway line, had a water supply and plenty of trees for building, so "Camp Sumter" was built there. Remember, way back on our first trip we visited Fort Sumter over on the coast?
Initially a stockade enclosing about sixteen and a half acres built early in 1864 it soon had to be enlarged and by June it covered another 10 acres. During the 14 months the prison existed more than 45,000 Union soldiers were confined here. Some 13,000 died from disease, poor sanitation, malnutrition, overcrowding or exposure. Just known as Andersonville the prison was just open ground where the captives were kept in place by the 15' high stockade and a "deadline" fence 19' inside and parallel to it. If anyone crossed this line towards the stockade the guards were told to "shoot to kill". You can find out many stories of those times at: www.nps.gov/ande
Now Andersonville is a National Historic Site, a memorial to all American prisoners of war, dedicated to the men and women who have suffered in captivity. There is a National Prisoner of War Museum with artifacts, stories, videos and pictures from many eras and wars around the world. It showed me that we have learnt nothing over the years, we still treat our fellow human in some atrocious ways and in the end there are no winners in a war, yet they still go on! OK enough Betsy and I are enjoying the freedom of our travels, now and again we are reminded of how lucky we are. This has reminded us that this freedom has been paid for by so many, not sure how you say thank you for that. A visit to a place like this helps us to give those thanks and respect those that paid the highest price. I am not sorry for being a little sombre  -  it was.
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