The site of Camp Sumter Military Prison (commonly called Andersonville) is preserved as a focal point of the the National Historic Site. The prison site is 26.5 acres outlined with double rows of white posts. Two sections of the stockade wall have been reconstructed, the north gate and the northeast corner. The prison at Camp Sumter was established early 1864 to provide a place to hold Union prisoners captured by Confederate forces. In only 14 months of operation, 45,000 men were imprisoned here and nearly 13,000 Union prisoners died here.
NPS/Andersonville National Historic Site
Andersonville National Cemetery
National Prisoner of War Museum
Did You Know?
Shebang was a name given by the prisoners at Andersonville to the crude shelters that they constructed, many of wood and scraps of cloth. Lucky men might have a shelter-half or an extra blanket. Not so lucky ones would use an old shirt to provide relief from the hot summer sun. More...