Millen in Jenkins County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
A Confederate Military Prison
built in 1864 to relieve the
overcrowded condition at
Andersonville Prison in Macon
County. Lawton Prison was a
stockade, enclosing 42 acres.
1398 feet by 1329 feet considered
to be the largest in the world.
It was occupied October 10, 1864
but was abandoned the following
November 17 with the approach
of Sherman's army.
Erected by State of Georgia Department of Natural Resources • Division of State Parks Historic Sites & Monuments.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Shermans March to the Sea marker series.
Location. 32° 52.522′ N, 81° 57.498′ W. Marker is in Millen, Georgia, in Jenkins County. Marker can be reached from Magnolia Springs Drive. Click for map. Magnolia Springs State Park off US 25, Ga 21/121. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1053 Magnolia Springs Drive, Millen GA 30442, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Old Buckhead Church (approx. 2.5 miles away); Cavalry Action at Buckhead Church (approx. 4.2 miles away); Big Buckhead Church Sherman at Millen (approx. 5 miles away); Jenkins County Confederate Memorial (approx. 5.1 miles away); The Wayside Home (approx. 5.1 miles away); Jenkins Court House (approx. 5.1 miles away); Millen (approx. 5.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Millen.
Regarding Camp Lawton. Camp Lawton was located about five miles from Millen, Georgia, and on the Augusta Railroad. The prison was laid out in the customary style of Confederate prisons with sloping hills at each end and a small stream flowing between the hills. The walls were 15 feet high and sufficient wood was left inside the walls so that the prisoners could construct crude huts. Rations were somewhat better than Andersonville but were still not sufficient to sustain life.
The prison was open for two months. The Lawton cemetery held 784 bodies. These bodies were moved to Beaufort National Cemetery in South Carolina in February 1868. Where Camp Lawton stood in 1868 there is now a state park, Magnolia Springs.
Also see . . .
1. Camp Lawton. was a major Civil War prison burned during Sherman's March to the Sea.
2. Camp Lawton. Contributed photos CivilWarAlbum.com
1. Great Grand Father Sam was at Camp Lawton
My great grand father, Samuel George Fletcher, a private in the 5th N Y Heavy Artillery and was wounded and captured during the Battle of Piedmont, VA on June 5, 1864. He was moved to Andersonville Prison some time after that and was recorded to have been transferred to Camp Lawton on November 11, 1864. He was exchanged back to the Union at Florence, SC on December 10, 1864 and rejoined the Union at Camp Parole, MD on December 15,1864 at the age of 17 years and two months. Happily for me, he survived and lived until 1920 in Brooklyn, NY after marrying three times and fathering six children.
Categories. • War, US Civil •
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