GSU presents experiences of POW

Lauren Gorla

The experiences of prisoners of war from the Civil War through World War I will be presented in, “Captive Warriors: The History and Archaeology of POWs.”

The presentation will be today from 3:30—6:45 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center and is hosted through a collaboration of the Georgia Southern Museum, the Department of Sociology and Anthropology and the Department of History.

GSU historians Brian Feltman and Michael Van Wagenen and archaeologist Lance Greene will be presenting on the experiences of prisoners of war from the Civil War through World War I, according to a news release from Georgia Southern University.

Special guests also include David Bush of Heidelberg College, the lead archaeologist from Johnson’s Island, Ohio, the site of a Union prison camp for captured Confederate officers and historian John Derden, the author of “The World’s Largest Prison: The Story of Camp Lawton,” according to the news release.

John Derden was working on the history of Camp Lawton before GSU archaeologists uncovered the site, Dr. Peggy Hargis, chair of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, said.

“This is a great opportunity for anyone interested in history or archaeology, or anyone learning about the major wars, especially the Civil War,” Hargis said.

A book signing and reception will be held at the GSU museum along with tours of the Camp Lawton exhibit.  The event is free and open to the public.