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

The North Gate

 
 
The North Gate Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher, November 8, 2008
1. The North Gate Marker
Inscription. The trail follows in the footsteps of newly arriving prisoners. Captured Union soldiers marched from the village railroad station, past this spot, and uphill to the North Gate, the main prison entrance.

After prisoners passed through the outer door, it was barred behind them. Then the inner gate swung open on the prison yard. New arrivals, or "fresh fish" as they were often called, had no idea what awaited them there.

"Five hundred weary men moved along slowly through the double lines of guards. Two massive wooden gates, with heavy iron hinges and bolts, swung open as we stood there, and we passed through into the space beyond. We were at Andersonville."
Pvt. John McElroy, 16th Illinois Cavalry
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Location. 32° 11.67′ N, 84° 7.83′ W. Marker is in Andersonville, Georgia, in Macon County. Marker is at the intersection of Prison Site Road and Cemetery Road, on the left when traveling south on Prison Site Road. Touch for map. 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. Stockade Branch (within shouting distance of this marker); Providence Spring
Diagram on North Gate Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 4, 2008
2. Diagram on North Gate Marker
(within shouting distance of this marker); A Tight Stockade (within shouting distance of this marker); World of Lost Spirits (within shouting distance of this marker); National Woman's Relief Corps Tribute (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Tennessee (about 600 feet away); Ohio (about 600 feet away); Massachusetts (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Andersonville.
 
Also see . . .  Andersonville National Historic Site. National Park Service site. (Submitted on October 6, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
The North Gate Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 4, 2008
3. The North Gate Marker
The North Gate Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher, November 8, 2008
4. The North Gate Marker
Marker in distance (yellow arrow).
North Gate on Left Slope Behind Trees image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 4, 2008
5. North Gate on Left Slope Behind Trees
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 24, 2018. This page originally submitted on October 6, 2008, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 831 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on July 25, 2015, by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee.   2, 3. submitted on October 6, 2008, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.   4. submitted on October 1, 2015, by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee.   5. submitted on October 6, 2008, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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