In honor of Black History Month, author Bob O’Connor will visit the Potomac Community Library to discuss his book “The U.S. Colored Troops of Andersonville Prison” at 2 p.m. on Feb. 22.
One of the soldiers included in O’Connor’s book, which gives the account of 103 black soldiers held at the Andersonville Prison in Sumter, Ga., hailed from Occoquan, Va.
People who attend O’Connor’s discussion will learn that William H. Butler, who was born in Occoquan, enlisted at 35 and served as a private in in the 2nd United States Colored Troops, Company H. Butler was captured at Natural Bridge, Fla. on March 6, 1865, and was released at Jacksonville, Fla. on April 28, 1865. Butler was one of 2,598 Prisoners of War listed in O’Connor’s book on Andersonville. He is also listed in O’Connor’s book “U.S. Colored Troops Prisoners of War from Virginia.”
Andersonville Prison was notorious for its overcrowded conditions, polluted water, and epidemic spread of disease along with the mistreatment of prisoners.
O’Connor’s discussion will begin at 2 p.m. on Feb. 22 at the library at 2201 Opitz Blvd. in Woodbridge. Registration is suggested, but not required. Call 703-494-8126 (voice) or 403-494-8129 (TTY) to register by phone or visit pwcgov.org/library to register online. Visit the library to register in person.