Documenting Prisoners of War held at Andersonville
Andersonville National Historic Site is a principal repository for POW information and historical resources. POW material at Andersonville includes diaries, oral histories, artifacts, and historical documents. As part of our research collection, the park maintains resource file on documented Union POWs held at the Andersonville military prison as well as Confederate guards assigned here.
These files grow largely through the efforts of park staff, volunteers, descendents, and other interested persons researching Civil War prisoners. We are continually seeking new information regarding Civil War prisoners and Confederate staff at Camp Sumter (Andersonville Prison). Specific documents of interest are:
Veterans' Service Records, including Military Service Records and Pension Records, may be ordered online from the National Archives at www.archives.gov Request forms can also be downloaded online and records ordered via the mail.
We encourage you to request both Military Service Records (NATF 86) and Pension Records (NATF 85). If the file you requested is located, copies will be made for a fee. Please see the National archives website for current pricing information.
When you receive these records, please send copies to the park marked: ATTN—Civil War Records.
The Georgia Archives contain a variety of Confederate records including Pension Applications, Enlistment Oaths, and Discharges. Research hours and additional information for the state archives can be found at www.sos.georgia/archives
The information that you provide will allow us to learn more about those individuals who lived and died at Andersonville. Thank you for your assistance.
Did You Know?
Very little remains of the original Andersonville prison. On the grounds, only the earthworks remain. Housed in the National Prison of War Museum are the original lock, key, and hinge from the South Gate along with a piece of the deadline and a post from the stockade. Relics from prisoners include a mirror and sewing kit as well as handmade items such as a pipe and rings made of bone.