'Lynchburg Prisoner Camp' At Appomattox Museum

Published 2:16 pm Thursday, August 21, 2014

“Lynchburg’s Prisoner of War Camp” is the topic of a presentation by Dr. Clifton Potter, Professor of History at Lynchburg College. The talk will be held at the Museum of the Confederacy-Appomattox and will take place 7-8 p.m., on August 28. There will be a reception from 6:30-7 p.m. The museum is located at 159 Horseshoe Rd., Appomattox.

In 1861, when Richmond was no longer able to house the influx of Union prisoners, a Prisoner of War Camp was set up on the old fairgrounds in Lynchburg. According to Dr. Clifton Potter, History Professor at Lynchburg College and noted local historian, this camp proved to be possible the “most humane of all the southern camps.” Why did being in Lynchburg make this possible?

The presentation is free to members and $5 for non-members. Seating is limited. Registration is required by August 27. For more information and to register please contact Josie Butler at jbutler@moc.org or 434-352-5791 ext. 203. Registration is also accepted online at www.acwm.org.

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