You are invited to experience the Civil War ad walk where Clara Barton walked.
37th ANNUAL ANDERSONVILLE HISTORIC FAIR, will be held October 6 and 7, 2012, at 2012 Andersonville Historic Fair. There will be Confederate and Union encampments, complete with mock civil war battles.
Old time craftsmen will demonstrate their time worn skills. Arts, crafts, antiques and collectibles will be offered. Children will be invited to join the extensive activities planned for them. Live entertainment will enchant all. The event is sponsored by the Andersonville Guild and Andersonville Town Council.
The historic fair is located 50 miles south of Macon on Georgia Highway 49, 21 miles northeast of Plains, Georgia. Admission for the Fair is $4.00 for adults and $1.50 for children 12 and under. Visit http://www.andersonvillegeorgia.com/guild/fair_information.htm for fair information. This would make a vibrant and informative field trip for home schoolers.
Nearby the Camp Sumter military prison at Andersonville was one of the largest Confederate military prisons during the Civil War. It is known as one of the most brutal. During the 14 months the prison existed, more than 45,000 Union soldiers were confined there. The conditions were so primitive with limited shelter and provisions, it was overcrowded, and disease was rampant. Men traded loved photographs from home for a morsel of food. Gangs of prisoners known as Raiders were reputed to have killed their fellows for a handful of food or a shirt. Almost 13,000 died there. Today, Andersonville National Historic Site is a memorial to all American prisoners of war throughout the nation’s history.
Clara Barton, founder of the American Red Cross braved over 16 active battle fields to tend the wounded and dying. Trained as a teacher, self-trained as a nurse she became the most decorated American woman.
At the infamous Civil War battle of Battle of Antietam (Sharpsburg) where exhausted surgeons worked without supplies Barton organized able-bodied women, some as young as 13, to assist. They begged cloth and sewed bandages, they tended the wounded on the field and off. Clara went to the aid of a fallen soldier on the field. A bullet blasted between her arm and body, ripping her clothing and killing the soldier. She could not bring herself to repair that tear.
Clara actually visited Andersonville’s war graves. Believing that the families of the dead deserved to know what happened to their loved ones, she personally recorded the names on the graves and relayed the sad news to the families. Today the Red Cross is heavily invested in assisting our military and families. The fair is an opportunity to revisit Civil War history and walk where Clara walked.
For information on the military site contact http://www.nps.gov/ande/index.htm