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20th Annual Salisbury Confederate Prison Symposium
4/28/2017 - 4/30/2017

Catawba College

Come learn about the only Confederate States military prison placed in North Carolina from December 1861 to February 1865. The event begins on Friday evening, April 28, at 5 p.m. with a lecture, music and recognition of veterans in the Landmark Church Fellowship Hall. On Saturday, April 29, at 9 a.m. there will be six lectures that will be held in the Tom Smith Auditorium of Ketner Hall on the Catawba College campus along with breaks for light refreshments, displays and books. The six lecturers are:

  • Dr. Gary Freeze, American history professor at Catawba, will give an overview of the history of the Prison. 
  • Author and Historian Robert Carpenter of North Carolina will share from letters that Salisbury Prison guard Daniel Haynes Dellinger wrote.
  • Historian and Descendant Ron Nichols of Wisconsin will talk about his Salisbury POW ancestor, Edward Nichols Co. C,36th WI Inf. 
  • Archaeologist Ken Robinson of North Carolina will show slides and talk about the 2005 and 2012 studies of the Prison that he led for the Salisbury Confederate Prison Association, Inc. 
  • Historian and Descendant Geoffrey Ryder, M.D. of Colorado will be talking about PTSD among prisoners. 
  • Author and Historian Dr. James R. Tootle of Ohio will speak about the game of baseball during the Civil War and at the Salisbury Confederate Prison.

On Sunday, April 30, there will be two public Memorial Services: a 10 a.m. Memorial Service for prisoners at the Salisbury National Cemetery and an 11 a.m. Service for guards at the Old Lutheran Cemetery. The event will finish with an afternoon tour of the prison site.

Phone: 704-637-6411


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