Here in February of 2014, I will step away from my established pattern of “this Month in the Civil War” in order to tell the story of Andersonville.
My interest in the history of Andersonville Prison in Georgia was piqued long ago. As a teenager, I read the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel “Andersonville” by MacKinlay Kantor. My father, noticing the book, commented that his mother had relatives who died there, but that was all he knew. It would be many years before I learned the story of the Blair brothers, Hiram, David and Joseph, great-uncles of my grandmother, Gladys Holden Hosley, and many more years before I would finally be able to make the trip to the site of the prison where David and Joseph died and the cemetery where they are buried.
The entire article is in the January 30th issue of the Express