Andersonville in Macon County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
This downstream end of Stockade Branch was the site of the camp "sinks" or latrines. According to the Confederates' original plan, prisoners would get drinking water upstream and use latrines downstream, where the current would flush sewage out of camp.
Inadvertently, the prison was designed for death. Stockade posts slowed the drainage, and during dry spells the creek became more swamp than flowing stream. Dysentery swept the camp.
"Our new camp was on the two steep hillsides, at the base of which was a great quagmire. This was ditched through the center with a narrow, shallow stream, which was very sluggish on account of the small supply of water and the slight descent of the ground."
Charles C. Fosdick, 5th Iowa Infantry, February 26, 1864
Confederate A.J. Riddle took this photograph of the latrines in August 1864. Though living space was at a premium, five to six acres near the creek remained vacant.
Erected by National Park Service.
Location. 32° 11.549′ N, 84° 7.698′ W. Marker is in Andersonville, Georgia, in Macon County. Marker is on Prison Site Road 0.4 miles south of Cemetery Road, on the right when traveling south. Click for map
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. View from a Pigeon-Roost (approx. 0.2 miles away); Providence Spring (approx. 0.2 miles away); A Tight Stockade (approx. 0.2 miles away); World of Lost Spirits (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Commandant's Perspective (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Prison Hospital (approx. 0.2 miles away); Stockade Branch (approx. 0.2 miles away); Star Fort (approx. 0.2 miles 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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