Evaluate/discuss the main points in Tony Horwitz’s discussion of the “Alabama woman” who headed “the Confederate POW Society” in Confederates in the Attic.

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During his travels, Horwitz visited the notorious Andersonville prison in Georgia, and then the community of Andersonville, where he found what he called "a village-sized apologia for the prison camp that bore its name", including an historical marker honoring the horrific camp's Commander Henry Wirz, an old train depot-turned-museum honoring local history, and again, Wirz, and a highway marker honoring both the prisoners who survived Andersonville and the Confederate soldiers who imprisoned them.  He also encountered a woman from Alabama who had come to Georgia as the leader of a group that called itself the Confederate POW Society, demanding that half the exhibits being planned for a new POW museum in the area be devoted to Northern prison camps.  This woman, who Horwitz never named, apparently then set up her own Confederate POW museum nearby, where she and others gathered each year to sing songs, and offer speeches and prayer in memory of Captain Wirz on the anniversary of the day of his hanging.  Ominously, when Horwitz pressed one of the park rangers he was visiting with for more details, the ranger laughed nervously and commented that he would not say more, given that he had to live in the community where this activity occurred. 


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