Andersonville in Macon County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
This damp slope, with its many natural seeps, would appear to be a likely site for a spring. Workmen may have inadvertently buried the spring's outlet while digging the stockade trench. Whether an act of nature or divine providence, the effect of the stream was an answer to thousands of prayers.
"A spring of purest crystal water shot up into the air in a column and, falling in a fanlike spray, went babbling down the grade into the noxious brook. Looking across the dead-line, we beheld with wondering eyes and grateful hearts the fountain spring."
John L. Maile, 8th Michigan Infantry August 15, 1864.
Erected by National Park Service.
Location. 32° 11.662′ N, 84° 7.808′ W. Marker is in Andersonville, Georgia, in Macon County. Click for map. Located on trail leading to Providence Spring. Marker is in this post office area: Andersonville GA 31711, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker A Tight Stockade (within shouting distance of this marker); World of Lost Spirits (within shouting distance of this marker); Stockade Branch (within shouting distance of this marker); National Woman's Relief Corps Tribute (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Tennessee (about 600 feet away); Ohio (about 600 feet away); Massachusetts (about 700 feet away); Michigan (about 700 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Andersonville.
More about this marker. The main photo on the marker shows Former prisoners met at Providence Spring on Decoration Day, 1897. The spring was still vivid in their memories. To the right another photo shows Providence Spring was not exactly at the Pavilion site but on this slope within the deadline. At first prisoners reached the spring by tying cups to tent poles, but guards later allowed them to trough the water into camp.
Also see . . . Andersonville National Historic Site. National Park Service site. (Submitted on October 6, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
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