Andersonville in Macon County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
The prisoners' latrines stood downstream. Overcrowding soon foulded the water, and the sluggish current failed to wash sewage out of the prison. The stream's bacteria quickly became lethal.
"This little creek was our only water supply, and when we would go after water we would often sink to our hips in the mire, and men would often have to be dragged out by their comrades."
Charles C. Fosdick, 5th Iowa Infantry, February 26, 1864.
To Confederate officials, this source of fresh water made Andersonville an ideal site for a prison. Just upstream, however, the bakehouse and guards' camp polluted the creek before it even entered the stockade.
Erected by National Park Service.
Location. 32° 11.672′ N, 84° 7.849′ W. Marker is in Andersonville, Georgia, in Macon County. Marker is on Prison Site Road, on the left when traveling south. 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 A Tight Stockade (within shouting distance of this marker); Providence Spring (within shouting distance of this marker); World of Lost Spirits (within shouting distance of this marker); National Woman's Relief Corps Tribute (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Tennessee (about 600 feet away); Ohio (about 700 feet away); Massachusetts (about 800 feet away); Michigan (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Andersonville.
More about this marker. The background of the marker shows a painting from the opposite side of the camp looking upstream toward the sources of Stockade Branch. In the upper right is a map of the prison.
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 •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 6, 2008, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 827 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on October 6, 2008, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on October 1, 2015, by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.