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    National Historic Site Georgia

Rhode Island Monument

A stone monument with aplaque and the words "Rhode Island."

The Rhode Island Monument

NPS/ANdersonville NHS

Authorized in 1902, the Rhode Island monument was erected on the prison site near the Wisconsin Monument. Dedication ceremonies were held 30 April 1903.

The monument is rather modest in size, carved from the best Westerly granite. The top front contains the state coat of arms and bronze plates on each face bear the names of the 74 soldiers buried in the National Cemetery. It is of interest to note that one of the names listed is that of Charles F. Curtis, 5th RI Heavy Artillery; one of the notorious Raiders, hanged by the other prisoners.

Did You Know?

Canvas, rubber, and wooden shelters

Shebang was one name given by a small number of prisoners at Andersonville to the crude shelters that they constructed out of wood and scraps of cloth. More frequently used names were hut, hovel, tent, shanty, and hole in the ground. More...