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POW museum to host program on Hawaiians in the Civil War

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A Hawaii Pacific University historian will provide insight into the role Hawaiians played in the Civil War in a February 15, 2014 presentation at the National Prisoner of War Museum in Andersonville, Georgia.

Dr. Justin Vance will present his program "Hawaiians and POWs from Hawaii in the American Civil War." Vance has spent much of his academic career exploring the connections between Hawaii and the Civil War.  According to Vance, Hawaii missionary descendants and many New-England educated native Hawaiians had interests in preserving the Union and in the abolition of slavery, while other Hawaiians joined the Confederate Navy. Native Hawaiians were often assigned to black regiments in the United States Army, serving alongside African American soldiers. At least two Hawaiians were captured during the conflict.

The program starts at 1:00 p.m. in the auditorium.

Andersonville National Historic Site is located 10 miles south of Oglethorpe, Georgia and 10 miles northeast of Americus, Georgia on Georgia Highway 49.

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