In 1907 the legislature of the State of Illinois authorized a monument in memory of the state's 889 known dead at Andersonville.
The final design was the result of a collaboration between sculptor Charles Mulligan and state architect Carbys Zimmerman. The monument features a base and pedestal of Montello granite. The monument commission described the monument as consisting of:
On December 20, 1912 the Illinois monument was dedicated in the southwest portion of Andersonville National Cemetery.
Did You Know?
The deadline at the Andersonville prison consisted of a rail about four feet off the ground that was situated nineteen feet from the stockade wall. Any prisoner who crossed this line with any part of his body was likely to be shot without warning by a guard in a guard tower.