Month: November 2014

Harmon Anderson’s Civil War Diary

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The following is copied from the family archives, a diary kept by Harmon Anderson during his Civil War time. The Union prisoners were captured following The Battle of the Wilderness, fought May 5–7, 1864–the first battle of Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant’s 1864 Virginia Overland Campaign against Gen. Robert E. Lee and the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia. From Culpeper, VA, prisoners were transferred by rail, then on foot over 600 miles to Andersonville Prison. These are copied from their web site:

Andersonville Bull Pen

Teusday Morning May 24th 1864 Arived at Macon City at 5 A.M. Crosed the oak Mulge River Just before we Came to Macon. All the officers was put into prison there! Macon is a very pretty place. We have to go 65 miles farther to Andersonvill We – pased through fort valley it is a small plase. We arived at Andersonvill at 1 P.M. & then marched ½ mile & then Counted off & put into messes of ninety men & then Marched in to the bull pen. O what a horable looking plase. They Say that there is 15,000 men here. We are as thick can be packed in appairantley
Providence Spring

Wedensday Morning May 25th 1864 and yet they put 700 more to day We got Cheated out of our rations yesterday Evening & I had but one hard tack & a small piece of meat to eat until this Evening. I suppose we got 12 oz of corn bread baked with out being sifted & about 4 oz of bacon. The stockade that we are in Containes bout Eighteen achers, With a small Stream Tuning through –
the Center of it. There is a spase of some three rods wide on one side that is boggy mixed with Sand & black muck The soil of the hole Camp is Sand & black dirt mixed with it. Which makes the men looke very black & dirty I see a good many men that it is hard to tell whether they was a negroe or had been a white man once. There is Quite a momber of men that is almost destitute of Clothing & what little they have on is as black as the ground. & there is no End to the lice in this horable plase

Thirsday Morning May 26th 1864 It rained last night & some this morning, It is very warm through out the day & fore part of the night but gets Quite Coole in the after part of the night we can –
feel feverish & want to drink a greate deal of water. but the water is hardley fit for a hog to drink Much less a man, for there is 15,000 men that has to wash & drink from this same little Stream that runes through the stockalle. This morning Makes three weeks & one day cince I was taken prisoner. It is very hot through out the daytime but coole at night!
no escape

Sunday Morning May 29th 1864 My dierhea is no better! one of the gards shot one of our men this morning he had got over the ded line! It is very hot to day! Recived a letter from Leut. Horney this Evening. he is at Macon and in good health

Those who died

Teusday Morning May 31st 1864 I feele Some better this morning it is very hot, but was Coole last night. There was a nother squad of 1,000 prisoners Came in yesterday! Wedensday Morning June lst 1864 I am better of my diarhea, It has been a little more plesant to day we had a very shower this after noone! There was one thousand more prisoners put in this after noone, the most of them are old prisoners that was at Salesbury South Carolinia, They are sending all the prisoners to this plase & we are so thick in here now that there is hard.ley room for us to ley down! I think that there must be something near Twenty thousand men in here now



Our Next Production is The Andersonville Trial

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andersonville-300x282 It’s Sunday November 30, after Thanksgiving is over. Lots of people may be looking for entertainment. Others may be looking for culture. We are both! This performance is a first for the Company. The cast is all male. Here’s the synopsis:

Henry Wirz
Henry Wirz

In the summer of 1865 the government of the United States put Henry Wirz, the Warden of Andersonville Prison, on trial for atrocities committed during the Civil War. He was the only Confederate officer to face such charges. During Wirz’s tenure at Andersonville more than 13,000 Union soldiers needlessly perished, largely due to the deplorable conditions, exposure and malnutrition. This stirring courtroom drama revisits that most important historical question; can a soldier hide behind the orders of a superior officer? Can unconscionable actions be absolved by the exigencies of war? Will Henry Wirz face justice, or will he escape the hangman’s noose through some clever legal loophole? The cast is Bill Powell, Adam Fogle, Douglas Hambley, Jeff Martin, Richard Weinman, Lawrence Birch, John Sams, Tommy Dye, Chuck Skinner and Harry Chen. Mike Aronson

AUDITIONS for The Majestic Readers Theater Company

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The auditions for Greetings!, The Seafarer and Deadman’s Cell Phone are Monday November 3rd and Tuesday November 4th beginning at 7:30 PM. Report to the rehearsal room on the second floor of the Majestic Theater. Scripts for these shows are available for checkout at the Majestic Theater business office.

Attached is the Audition Form 2 that you can print out and fill out in advance. Bring it with you to the auditions. You can also forward this form to friends who you think might be interested.