Andersonville in Sumter County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
The Raiders’ Graves
These six graves were deliberately set apart; these six prisoners were buried with dishonor.
Only enlisted soldiers were buried at Andersonville. With no Union officers to maintain order, life in the pen became anarchy. A gang known as the Raiders roamed the prison yard, bullying, robbing, and even murdering other prisoners. Eventually, with the blessing of Commandant Wirz, the prisoners formed a police squad called the Regulators, arrested the Raiders, and tried and hanged the six ringleaders.
"Raiders took $170.00 from Dowd, he was badly cut up, but finally got away and reached the gate, and reported to Capt. Wirz, who came up with him and demanded that the robbers should be given up under penalty of no rations for one week."
Eugene Forbes, 4th New Jersey Cavalry
June 29, 1864
The names on these headstones may not be accurate. Several of the Raiders were deserters who re-enlisted under aliases.
Before their execution, the six Raider leaders were court-martialed by their peers. Confederates provided lumber for the gallows, which was erected near the prison's South Gate. The remaining Raiders were forced to run a gauntlet formed by their fellow prisoners.
Erected by National Park Service.
Location. Click for map. Located in the center of the Andersonville National Cemetery. Marker is at or near this postal address: 760 POW Rd, Andersonville GA 31711, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The North Gate (approx. 0.4 miles away); 3 - inch Ordnance Rifle (approx. 0.4 miles away); 6 - pounder Field Gun (approx. 0.4 miles away); Memorial Day Order (approx. half a mile away); National Prisoner of War Museum (approx. half a mile away); Wisconsin (approx. half a mile away); Memorial to American Former Prisoners of War Stalag XVII-B (approx. half a mile away); Clara Barton (approx. half a mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Andersonville.
Also see . . . Andersonville National Historic Site. National Park Service (Submitted on September 1, 2015.)
Categories. • Cemeteries & Burial Sites • War, US Civil •
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