A Michigan monument committee was formed in 1903 under the leadership of J.A. Griffin, a former Andersonville prisoner. Responding to petitions from many posts of the Grand Army of the Republic inspired by Dr. Griffin's committee, the sum of $6,000 was appropriated for the erection of the monument, and the formation of a formal monument commission.
The monument is located on the prison site approximately 290 feet from the North Wall and about 90 feet behind the Massachusetts monument. It was dedicated on 30 May 1904.
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A smallpox hospital was built two miles south of the Andersonville prison to isolate infected prisoners. In operation only four months, 50% of the prisoners admitted there died of the disease. The 64 graves of the smallpox hospital were moved to Andersonville National Cemetery in 1867.