Andersonville in Macon County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
Prisoners at Andersonville had to provide their own shelters. With sticks and pieces of clothing, the prisoners improvised leaky tents and lean-tos. Many prisoners had no shelter at all.
Protection from rain, dew, and broiling sun became a matter of life or death. Exposure aggravated the many illnesses and infections, and contributed to the soaring mortality rate.
"To reach the spring we had to pick our way through a wilderness of low mud huts and tattered tents. The huts were made out of clay balls, and the tents of old army blankets, fragments of old clothing, oilcloths, etc."
W.B. Smith, 14th Illinois Infantry, October 11, 1864
The August 1864 photograph of this hillside shows a rough sea of improvised shelters, which the prisoners called "shebangs." Overcrowding created a prison within a prison: the men were confined by other living bodies as well as by stockade walls.
Erected by National Park Service.
Location. 32° 11.768′ N, 84° 7.635′ W. Marker is in Andersonville, Georgia, in Macon County. Marker is on Prison Site Road 0.1 miles east of Cemetery Road, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Andersonville GA 31711, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. The Expanded Stockade (within shouting distance of this marker); Pigeon-Roosts (within shouting distance of this marker); Monuments and Memories (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Earthwork Defenses (about 400 feet away); This Was Andersonville (about 400 feet away); Memorial to POWs at Hiroshima, Japan (about 400 feet away); To the Vermonters who Perished at Andersonville (about 400 feet away); The Battling Bastards of Bataan (about 400 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 •
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