Andersonville in Macon County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
A Tight Stockade
Andersonville First Phase
These carefully hewn, closely fitted logs reflect the deliberate design of the prison's initial sixteen and one-half acres. At the far northeast corner, haphazardly spaced tree trunks reveal the hasty construction of the camp's ten-acre addition.
The Confederates' original plan broke down under a wave of overcrowding. The contrasting stockade walls suggest that things had begun to go terribly wrong by the summer of 1864.
Based on archeological evidence, this stockade is an accurate reconstruction of the prison's North Gate.
(right) When the prison site was selected, dense pine and oak forest covered these slopes. Slaves felled the straightest pines, topped them to a uniform length, and hewed them with broadaxes. The logs were set in a ditch 5 feet deep (as show in the archeologist's photo below) and stood 17 feet above the ground.
"Each pole of the palisades matched so well as to give no glimpse of the outer world across the space of the dead-line…"
Augustus Hamlin, Medical Inspector
10 acre addition June 1864
16½ acres January 1864
Erected by National Park Service.
Location. 32° 11.681′ 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. World of Lost Spirits (a few steps from this marker); Providence Spring (within shouting distance of this marker); The North Gate (within shouting distance of this marker); Stockade Branch (within shouting distance of this marker); National Woman's Relief Corps Tribute (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Tennessee (about 500 feet away); Ohio (about 500 feet away); Massachusetts (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Andersonville.
Also see . . . Andersonville National Historic Site. National Park Service (Submitted on October 2, 2015.)
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on January 24, 2018. This page originally submitted on October 1, 2015, by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 214 times since then and 47 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 1, 2015, by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee. 5. submitted on January 24, 2018, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. submitted on October 1, 2015, by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.