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Citadel News Service
28 Oct 2005

Civil War reenactor to speak at The Citadel

The Citadel’s Civil War Reenactment Club will welcome Mark Stibitz to campus in November.

Stibitz will present "Andersonville: A Tragic Example of a Failed Prison System" at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in Duckett Hall Room 101. The event is open to cadets, faculty, staff and the public.

Andersonville, which is located in southern Georgia, is the most widely known prison from the Civil War. Around 45,000 Federal prisoners were held there during its 14-month existence in 1864 and 1865. The living conditions inside the prison's stockade were horrific as evidenced by an average of 100 prisoner deaths each day during August 1864. A total of 12,920 prisoners - a 29% death rate - died while held at Andersonville.

As a prison system, Andersonville failed to provide the basic necessities of life: sustenance, shelter and security. Stibitz will discuss the impact these failures had on living conditions and the results of these failures on human life.

Stibitz was born in Pennsylvania and raised near Gettysburg. Influenced by his grandmother who had been a teacher, Stibitz’s interest in history, particularly the Civil War, grew into participating in Civil War re-enacting, which led him to join Company A, 21st Regiment Ohio Volunteer Infantry.

Stibitz, who lives in Warner Robins, Ga., has participated in numerous re-enactments for the public and National Park Service living history programs. He has been a Volunteer In Parks at Andersonville National Historic Site for 15 years, conducting research, developing and presenting interpretive programs, coordinating programs with numerous re-enacting groups and performing cultural resource management.

Stibitiz is a seven-year veteran of the U.S. Navy and works for Raytheon providing reliability, maintainability and engineering support to the U.S. Air Force F-15 Avionics Engineering office.

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