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Wednesday, February 8, 2012

A Battlefield, 10,000 Years of History and A Prisoner of War Camp

Rick Morgan
Our first stop today was Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park. The park was only about 20 miles from our overnight stay at Red Top Mountain State Park and was part of the Atlanta Campaign. Gen. William T. Sherman with an army of 100,000 men began his march toward Atlanta in the spring of 1864. On September 2 after a long deadly summer of hotly contested battles, Sherman entered Atlanta. In early November Sherman left Atlanta in ruins and began his now famous “March to the Sea”.



Have you heard about Ocmulgee (National Monument)? We hadn’t. It is an area just southeast of Macon, GA While people have lived on this plateau for 10,000 years the time between 900 -1100 BC (BCE) the area was inhabited by the Mississippians and later Lamar and Creek cultures. OK, you get the idea – lots of old pots, arrowheads, and a series of earthen mounds. No, actually, this was a very interesting/fascinating visit.



Our final stop of the day was Andersonville National Historic Site. When I hear someone mention prisoner of war I think of Germany, Japan or Vietnam. A remote town in Georgia does not come to mind – or didn’t until now. Andersonville was a Confederate military prison. More than 45,000 Union solders were confined here. However, the real story is the fact that 13,000 died from disease, poor sanitation, malnutrition, and overcrowding. Today, this park is also a memorial to all prisoners of war.

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Tomorrow we need to get serious about getting to Ft. Meyers.