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Andersonville in Macon County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Stockade Branch

 
 
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By William Fischer, Jr., July 4, 2008
1. Stockade Branch Marker
Inscription. This stream, a branch of Sweetwater Creek, was the prison's water supply. Today's neatly dredged channel is misleading. When the prison was built, the stockade posts slowed the current, turning the stream banks into acres of stagnant swamp.

The prisoners' latrines stood downstream. Overcrowding soon foulded the water, and the sluggish current failed to wash sewage out of the prison. The stream's bacteria quickly became lethal.

"This little creek was our only water supply, and when we would go after water we would often sink to our hips in the mire, and men would often have to be dragged out by their comrades."
Charles C. Fosdick, 5th Iowa Infantry, February 26, 1864.

To Confederate officials, this source of fresh water made Andersonville an ideal site for a prison. Just upstream, however, the bakehouse and guards' camp polluted the creek before it even entered the stockade.
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Location. 32° 11.672′ N, 84° 7.849′ W. Marker is in Andersonville, Georgia, in Macon County. Marker is on Prison Site Road, on the left when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Andersonville GA 31711, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within
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By William Fischer, Jr., July 4, 2008
2. Stockade Branch
Stockade Branch runs across former prison stockade site along low ground where vegetation is green and plush.
walking distance of this marker. A Tight Stockade (within shouting distance of this marker); Providence Spring (within shouting distance of this marker); World of Lost Spirits (within shouting distance of this marker); National Woman's Relief Corps Tribute (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Tennessee (about 600 feet away); Ohio (about 700 feet away); Massachusetts (about 800 feet away); Michigan (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Andersonville.
 
More about this marker. The background of the marker shows a painting from the opposite side of the camp looking upstream toward the sources of Stockade Branch. In the upper right is a map of the prison.
 
Also see . . .  Andersonville National Historic Site. National Park Service site. (Submitted on October 6, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Stockade Branch Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher, November 8, 2008
3. Stockade Branch Marker
View from the markers location toward the North Gate and the Providence Spring.
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By Brandon Fletcher, November 8, 2008
4. Stockade Branch
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By Brandon Fletcher, November 8, 2008
5. Stockade Branch
Stockade Branch Warning image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher, November 8, 2008
6. Stockade Branch Warning
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 793 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.   3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on , by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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