By Dorothy Evans
Calling all Civil War and history buffs! On Tuesday, April 24, at 7:00 p.m. in the depot, the Weiser Architectural Preservation Committee (WAPC) will host former Weiser and Ontario educator, John Taggart, who will speak on Andersonville Prison during the Civil War. Mr. Taggart will discuss his great grandfather’s experiences as a prisoner there and share some of his war records and personal insights. Mr. Taggart will also tell of his recent visit to the Andersonville National Historic Site and share photos of the camp.
As background, Camp Sumpter military prison at Andersonville began as a stockade built about 18 months before the end of the Civil War to confine Union Army prisoners captured by Confederate soldiers. The prison was designed to hold a maximum of 10,000 but at its most crowded, over 32,000 men were detained there under deplorable conditions. Of the 45,000 who arrived through their doors, 12,920 died and were buried in a cemetery just outside the prison walls.
Please join us on April 24th for this interesting and educational discussion. There is no charge and refreshments will be available. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the talk at 7:00 p.m. The depot is located at the south end of State Street, just past Commercial. The evening’s host, WAPC, is an all-volunteer organization that is committed to preserving Weiser's architectural beauty and history. Among its several projects are the restoration of the Pythian Castle and its stained-glass window, the listing of a pump house on the national registry and maintenance of the depot.