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?
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.