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As the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War continues, we remember the misery and degradation of prisoners of war in places like the notorious Confederate prison in Andersonville, Georgia, and we ask the question, "How can humans endure such suffering and live?" The short answer? It's all about hope.
For material based on today's Acts reading, see "The Effortless Present," April 17, 2005, at HomileticsOnline.com.
On February 14, 1864, during the latter half of the American Civil War (or the Yankee War of Aggression, as it's still known by many in the South), the first 500 Union prisoners of war arrived at the newly opened Confederate stockade in Andersonville, Georgia. Andersonville was far from the war front, and, with the Confederate government needing every available man in the ranks, this remote POW camp in the rural South was in a place where enemy raids were less likely. Only a skeleton force was needed to guard the prisoners. It was also far away ...