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    Andersonville

    National Historic Site Georgia

Historical & Environmental Education Reading

A wide array of primary source material exists that provides first-hand accounts of the experiences of prisoners of war. The following items represent some of the most useful and interesting.

  • Drawing of men cowering in an open prison pen during a storm.

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    Life and Death in Rebel Prisons

    One of the earliest published Andersonville prisoner memoirs. Explore »

  • Cover page of transcript

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    Trial of Henry Wirz

    Published transcript from the war crimes trial of Captain Henry Wirz Explore »

  • Plan of the Libby prison escape tunnel

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    Libby life: experiences of a prisoner of war in Richmond, Va., 1863-64

    An officer's account of captivity at the Libby prison. Explore »

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    Trial of Henry Wirz

    Trial of Henry Wirz

    Published at the request of Congress, this government document provides a narrative transcript of the trial of Captain Wirz.

Did You Know?

Detail of headstone showing inscription

Two unknown Union soldiers are buried in Grave 13,718. These prisoner deaths were discovered in 1899 when heavy rains exposed their remains within the prison site. It is thought that they died as a result of suffocation from a cave-in or a shelter or well.