Andersonville in Macon County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
World of Lost Spirits
When the inner gates swung open, new prisoners had their first vision of life inside. The noise, the stench, the crowd of emaciated men desperate for news, must have been overwhelming.
New arrivals were known as "fresh fish." Anything of value—money, buttons, clothing—might be conned or stolen from them. Even worse was the sight of other prisoners; in those skeletal forms and lifeless eyes, a new prisoner could foresee his own fate.
"Once inside...men exclaimed: 'Is this hell?' Verily, the great mass of gaunt, unnatural-looking beings, soot-begrimed, and clad in filthy tatters, that we saw stalking about inside this pen looked, indeed, as if they might belong to a world of lost spirits."
W.B. Smith, 14th Illinois Infantry
October 9, 1864.
Directly ahead stretched "Market Street," the only defined path through the jumble of shelters. Food wagons stopped there, prisoners had bartering sites, and prison merchants set up stalls in a pathetic parody of a commercial street.
Issuing rations to 33,000 prisoners, August 1864
Erected by National Park Service.
Location. 32° 11.687′ N, 84° 7.808′ Click for map. Marker is located through the North Gate, next to the inner gates. 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 (a few steps from this marker); Providence Spring (within shouting distance of this marker); Stockade Branch (within shouting distance of this marker); National Woman's Relief Corps Tribute (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Tennessee (about 400 feet away); Ohio (about 500 feet away); Massachusetts (about 600 feet away); Michigan (about 600 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Andersonville.
Also see . . . Andersonville National Historic Site. National Park Service (Submitted on October 2, 2015.)
Categories. • War, US Civil •
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