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Thomasville in Thomas County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Civil War Prison Camp

 
 
Civil War Prison Camp Marker Photo, Click for full size
By David Seibert, January 10, 2005
1. Civil War Prison Camp Marker
Inscription. Confederate authorities, fearing a raid on Andersonville by Sherman’s marching army, chose Thomasville as a safe, temporary prison camp. Five thousand Federal prisoners were brought here on the Atlantic and Gulf Railroad Line via Blackshear in the second week of December 1864. Colonel Henry Forno commanded the 2nd and 4th Georgia Reserves and the prison camp. The camp was a five acre square bounded by a ditch six to eight feet deep, ten to twelve feet wide. Several hundred prisoners died of smallpox, typhoid fever, diarrhea, and a few from trees felled for firewood and shelter. Some sick prisoners were cared for at the Methodist Church and at Fletcher Institute. The dead were buried in the Methodist Cemetery. Local citizens helped the sick and provided prisoners with food. With Sherman settled at Savannah the emergency camp at Thomasville closed. The prisoners were marched sixty miles to Albany and entrained for Andersonville where they arrived on December 24, 1864.
 
Erected by Georgia Department of Natural Resources and the City of Thomasville. (Marker Number 136-5.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission marker series.
 
Location. 30° 50.239′ N, 83° 
Civil War Prison Camp Marker Photo, Click for full size
By David Seibert, January 10, 2005
2. Civil War Prison Camp Marker
59.833′ W. Marker is in Thomasville, Georgia, in Thomas County. Marker is on Wolf Street 0 miles east of Cook Street, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Thomasville GA 31792, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 3 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Flowers Baking Company (approx. 1.1 miles away); Old Coffee Road (approx. 1.3 miles away); Finney General Hospital (approx. 1.7 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  Civil War Prisons in Georgia. Offers some additional information about the prison in Thomasville, and covers many other prisons in Georgia. (Submitted on December 28, 2008, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 3,754 times since then. Last updated on , by Mike Camero of Edwardsville, Illinois. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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