Cadet reenactor brings history alive
Cadet Michael Biggs, a sophomore in Band Company, represented The Citadel’s Reenactment Club at Andersonville National Historic Site March 11-12. Biggs joined some 50 reenactors for the park’s annual program, Andersonville Revisited, in which daily life at the Civil War prison site is relived. Biggs portrayed a Union prisoner in various scenarios for the public throughout the weekend.
Andersonville, which is located in southern Georgia, is the most widely known Civil War prison. Approximately 45,000 federal prisoners were held there during its 14-month existence in 1864-1865. The living conditions inside the prison's stockade were horrific with an average of 100 prisoner deaths each day during August 1864. A total of 12,920 prisoners—29 percent—died while held at Andersonville.
Andersonville National Historic Site serves today as a memorial to all American prisoners of war throughout the nation’s history. The National Prisoner of War Museum, which opened there in 1998, tells the story of American men and women who have suffered captivity.