Buzzell: Events commemorate 150th anniversary of Civil War in Georgia

January 22, 2014 

ExploreGeorgia.org is the website to visit for information to learn more about Civil War events and places to visit this year, as 2014 is the 150th anniversary of the Civil War in Georgia.

Communities across the state are offering boat tours, coin shows, live performances and much more that is all dedicated to Georgia’s Civil War history.

Through Nov. 21, the Hay House in Macon will be hosting “Men in Uniform: Hay House and the Civil War.” This exhibit features artifacts and portraits of Hay House residents who were affected by the war.

Special attention is given to Philemon Tracy, a Confederate family member who was eventually buried in Northern territory. Some of the artifacts on display will be original Confederate bills. And the mystery of why the portrait of a Union soldier hangs in the Hay House will be revealed. To learn more about the 1859 Italian Renaissance Revival style house, visit www.hayhousemacon.org.

On Saturday, Andersonville National Historic Site will be open to experience the Night Museum, which is the National Prisoner of War Museum after dark. At 7 p.m., a special program will be presented in the museum theater. Candle lanterns will illuminate the path to the prison site from the museum courtyard, with access to the reconstructed northeast corner of the prison site. Living history volunteers portraying the conditions of prison life in the winter of 1864-65 will be featured in the replica shelters at the site. However, during the night event, the prison tour and the Andersonville National Cemetery will be closed.

Andersonville has also started a First Saturday program each month during the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. Park staff will conduct the programs, which will explore the conditions, events and emotions of prisoners during the war. Other Civil War prisons and their stories will also be featured to give a broader interpretation of a soldier’s life beyond the battlefield.

Contact the park, or visit www.nps.gov/ande to learn more about the Civil War experience at Andersonville.

Freedom’s Tide: “African-Americans and the Civil War Navies” will be held Feb. 22 in honor of Black History Month at the National Civil War Naval Museum in Columbus. The exhibit is a guided living history tour in which visitors meet historic figures such as bridge architect Horace King and ship captain Robert Smalls, as well as black nurses, sailors and spies. The stories of black people serving in both the navies of the North and South will be highlighted.

Also, “The Life and Times of Robert Smalls” traveling exhibit will be on display through February, March and April. The exhibit features letters, personal items, photographs and other memorabilia. Call 706-327-9798 for more information.

Marsha Priest Buzzell is executive director of the Warner Robins Convention and Visitors Bureau. Contact her at 478-922-5100 or cvb@wrga.gov.

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