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

Escape Tunnels

 
 
Escape Tunnels Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, June 22, 2011
1. Escape Tunnels Marker
Inscription. The ground at this end of the prison is pocked with deep holes - either tunnels or wells. Overcrowding disguised the digging. Beneath the sea of tattered shelters, prisoners could work undetected with mess plates, spoons,and canteen halves.

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.

Concrete markers indicate 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.

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Concrete markers indicated sites where other wells and tunnels have been discovered. Most have been filled
Escape Tunnels Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, June 22, 2011
2. Escape Tunnels Marker
Close-up view of the illustration on the historical marker showing escaped prisoners being chased by tracking dogs and a mounted search party.
in by the park staff to help preserve the integrity of the historic features.
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Location. 32° 11.79′ N, 84° 7.718′ W. Marker is in Andersonville, Georgia, in Sumter County. Marker is on Prison Site Road east of Cemetery Road, on the right when traveling east. 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 SitesWar, US Civil
 
Escape Tunnels Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, June 22, 2011
3. Escape Tunnels Marker
Another close-up view of an illustration on the historical marker showing escaping prisoners being tracked down by dogs and a mounted search party.
Escape Tunnels Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, June 22, 2011
4. Escape Tunnels Marker
A close-up view of an illustration showing prisoners attempting to tunnel their way out of the prison at Andersonville.
Escape Tunnels Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, June 22, 2011
5. Escape Tunnels Marker
View of historical marker in front of fenced in area where one of the supposed tunnels was located.
Escape Tunnels Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, June 22, 2011
6. Escape Tunnels Marker
Another view of the historical marker in front of the fenced in area surrounding one of the supposed tunnels, with a view of some of the monuments and memorials that are located to the southeast of the historical marker.
Escape Tunnels Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher, November 8, 2008
7. Escape Tunnels Marker
Remains of the dug tunnel inside the rod iron fence, located next to the Marker.
Escape Tunnels Marked by Concrete Markers image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher, November 8, 2008
8. Escape Tunnels Marked by Concrete Markers
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.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 2, 2011, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 521 times since then and 20 times this year. Last updated on October 1, 2015, by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee. 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.
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