On Saturday, September 19, C-SPAN 3 aired a commemoration of Andersonville POW Camp. Eric Leonard did a great job to kick things off, telling the camp’s story and fielding phone calls. Professor Lesley Gordon spoke about the experience of the prisoners from the 16th Connecticut and fielded calls at the end as well.
The video’s description tells us, “American History TV presented live coverage from Andersonville National Historic Site for a ceremony remembering the soldiers who died in captivity. Keynote speakers included Sergeant Major of the Army Daniel Dailey and University of Akron history professor Lesley Gordon. The ceremony included a ceremonial casket on a horse-drawn limber and caisson, the Pledge of Allegiance, an invocation, poetry, the Maneuver School of Excellence Brass Quintet, wreath presentations, rendering of honors by the Georgia Army National Guard, taps, and a benediction.
“The Camp Sumter military prison at Andersonville, Georgia, was built in early 1864 to hold Union POWs during the Civil War. By the time it closed, over 45,000 soldiers had been imprisoned there and almost 13,000 had died. The ‘Funeral for 13,000’ was part of the 150th anniversary commemoration of the Andersonville National Historic Site.”