Friday, November 07, 2008

Private Pray's Potatoes

Andersonville Prison was the site of inhumane treatment, inexcusable cruelty, and ... potato juggling.

During the Civil War, 12,913 inmates died from the extreme conditions in the Confederate prison in Andersonville, Ga. One Union soldier who didn't was Pvt. George H. Pray, a clever Mainer whose stage act perhaps saved his life.

"How he survived Andersonville was that he juggled potatoes," said Jeffrey Bolduc, Pray's great-great-grandson, recently. "After he juggled them, he kept them and ate them." [Link]

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