Andersonville in Macon County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
It is tempting to call every excavation an escape tunnel, but many may have been wells. With the camp stream lethally polluted, the search for fresh water was as urgent as the need to escape.
"Just as it was coming light in the east we heard dogs after us. In a few moments the hounds came up with us and began smelling of us. Pretty soon five mounted rebels arrived on the scene of action. They laughed to think we expected to get away."
John L. Ransom, 9th Michigan Cavalry, April 26, 1864
Some tunnels emerged beyond the stockade walls, but nearly all who tunneled free were recaptured. Most of Andersonville's approximately 300 successful escapees eluded guards while on work details outside the stockade.
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Concrete markers indicated sites where other wells and tunnels have been discovered. Most have been filled in by the park staff to help preserve the integrity of the historic features.
Erected by National Park Service.
Location. Touch for map. This historical marker is just east of the residential area of the village of Andersonville, in a National Park. Marker is in this post office area: Andersonville GA 31711, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Patriotic Work of the National Woman's Relief Corps (a few steps from this marker); Gettysburg Address (within shouting distance of this marker); Lizabeth A. Turner (within shouting distance of this marker); Father Peter Whelan (within shouting distance of this marker); Clara Barton (within shouting distance of this marker); Monuments and Memories (within shouting distance of this marker); Rhode Island (within shouting distance of this marker); Michigan (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Andersonville.
Categories. • Cemeteries & Burial Sites • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on February 28, 2018. This page originally submitted on October 2, 2011, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 593 times since then and 2 times this year. Last updated on February 25, 2018, by T. Patton of Jefferson, Georgia. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on October 2, 2011, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. 7, 8. submitted on October 1, 2015, by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.