The Durant Chapter of the Daughters of the Confederacy conducted a special meeting this week at the Three Valley Museum that the organization opened up to the public.
This is the fourth time a public meeting has been held in commemoration of the Civil War. These observances started in 2011 and invite the community to learn about the war.
Wednesday’s meeting focused on prisoners of war held in Andersonville, Ga. Going along with this theme, guests ate a prison meal of black-eyed peas and cornbread.
Dottie Davis of the Donald W. Reynolds Community Center and Library has visited the Andersonville National Historical Site and gave the presentation.
The site includes the open prison, which Davis described as a stockade. She told how there were anywhere between 20,000 and 30,000 people held in this open area built to contain only 10,000 people.
Davis explained the living conditions and torture of the prisoners. Thousands of graves now stand there, so close together the tombstones nearly touch.
After the war, an effort was made to identify all the fallen soldiers at the camp. All but 500 were identified.
The Daughters of the Confederacy ended the meeting inviting those who think they might have ancestors who fought in the war to research and join the Daughters of the Confederacy.
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