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

Shebangs

Prisoner Shelters

 
 
Shebangs Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher, November 8, 2008
1. Shebangs Marker
Inscription.
Prisoners at Andersonville had to provide their own shelters. With sticks and pieces of clothing, the prisoners improvised leaky tents and lean-tos. Many prisoners had no shelter at all.

Protection from rain, dew, and broiling sun became a matter of life or death. Exposure aggravated the many illnesses and infections, and contributed to the soaring mortality rate.

"To reach the spring we had to pick our way through a wilderness of low mud huts and tattered tents. The huts were made out of clay balls, and the tents of old army blankets, fragments of old clothing, oilcloths, etc."
W.B. Smith, 14th Illinois Infantry, October 11, 1864

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The August 1864 photograph of this hillside shows a rough sea of improvised shelters, which the prisoners called "shebangs." Overcrowding created a prison within a prison: the men were confined by other living bodies as well as by stockade walls.
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Location. 32° 11.768′ N, 84° 7.635′ W. Marker is in Andersonville, Georgia, in Macon County. Marker is on Prison Site Road 0.1 miles east of Cemetery Road, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Andersonville GA 31711, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Shebangs Marker Illustration image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher, November 8, 2008
2. Shebangs Marker Illustration
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Expanded Stockade (within shouting distance of this marker); Pigeon-Roosts (within shouting distance of this marker); Monuments and Memories (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Earthwork Defenses (about 400 feet away); This Was Andersonville (about 400 feet away); Memorial to POW’s at Hiroshima Japan (about 400 feet away); The Battling Bastards of Bataan (about 400 feet away); Escape Tunnels (about 400 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
 
Shebangs Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher, November 8, 2008
3. Shebangs Marker
Shebangs image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher, November 8, 2008
4. Shebangs
Shebangs image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher, November 8, 2008
5. Shebangs
Andersonville Prison, Ga., August 17, 1864. South view of stockade image. Click for full size.
By A.J. Riddle, August 17, 1864
6. Andersonville Prison, Ga., August 17, 1864. South view of stockade
Courtesy Library of Congress (LC-B816-8216)
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 212 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on , by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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