Andersonville in Macon 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
Erected by National Park Service.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial Sites • War, US Civil. A significant historical date for this entry is June 29, 1864.
Location. 32° 12.205′ N, 84° 7.889′ W. Marker is in Andersonville, Georgia, in Macon County. Marker is on Cemetery Road half a mile north of Prison Site Road, on the right when traveling north. Located in the center of the Andersonville National Cemetery. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 760 POW Rd, 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. Massive Monuments (within shouting distance of this marker); Memorial to American Former Prisoners of War Stalag XVII-B (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Unknown Soldier (about 300 feet away); New York State Monument (about 300 feet away); Grave Markers (about 400 feet away); In Memory of ... (about 500 feet away); Prisoner Burials (about 600 feet away); Andersonville National Cemetery (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Andersonville.
Also see . . . Andersonville National Historic Site. National Park Service (Submitted on September 1, 2015.)
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