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

Camp Sumter Confederate Prison Site

 
 
Camp Sumter Confederate Prison Site Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By David Seibert, January 24, 2011
1. Camp Sumter Confederate Prison Site Marker
Inscription.  This was the site of the Confederacy’s largest prison camp. During the 14 months it existed in 1864-65, over 45,000 Union prisoners were confined here. Of these 12,912 died from disease, poor sanitation, malnutrition, and exposure. Declining economic conditions, an inadequate transportation system, and the need to concentrate all available resources on its army, kept the Confederate government from providing adequate food, housing, clothing, or medical care for their prisoners. These conditions and the breakdown of the prisoner exchange system created much suffering and a high mortality rate.
 
Erected 1988 by Georgia Department of Natural Resources. (Marker Number 129-3.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Georgia Historical Society series list.
 
Location. 32° 11.738′ N, 84° 8.049′ W. Marker is in Andersonville, Georgia, in Sumter County. Marker is at the intersection of Georgia Route 49 and Church Street, on the left
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when traveling north on State Route 49. The marker is opposite the exit from the Andersonville National Historic Site on Georgia Highway 49. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Andersonville GA 31711, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Stockade Branch (approx. 0.2 miles away); The North Gate (approx. ¼ mile away); World of Lost Spirits (approx. ¼ mile away); A Tight Stockade (approx. ¼ mile away); Providence Spring (approx. ¼ mile away); National Woman's Relief Corps Tribute (approx. ¼ mile away); Star Fort (approx. ¼ mile away); The Commandant's Perspective (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Andersonville.
 
More about this marker. This marker is a replacement for an earlier marker with the same title and similar text, erected by the Georgia Historical Commission at this location, which had disappeared.
 
Camp Sumter Confederate Prison Site Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By David Seibert, January 24, 2011
2. Camp Sumter Confederate Prison Site Marker
Camp Sumter Confederate Prison Site Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By David Seibert, January 24, 2011
3. Camp Sumter Confederate Prison Site Marker
Looking toward the town of Andersonville
Camp Sumter Confederate Prison Site Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By David Seibert, January 24, 2011
4. Camp Sumter Confederate Prison Site Marker
THe marker and, across Georgia Highway 49, the exit from the Andersonville National Historic Site, location of the prison.
Camp Sumter Confederate Prison Site Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By David Seibert, January 24, 2011
5. Camp Sumter Confederate Prison Site Marker
Looknig north on Georgia Highway 49, toward the entrance to the Andersonville National Historic Site
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on February 7, 2011, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 1,007 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on February 7, 2011, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia.   3, 4, 5. submitted on February 8, 2011, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.

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