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    Andersonville

    National Historic Site Georgia

Stalag XVII-B Monument

Stone monument decorated with a Christmas wreath

The Stalag XVII-B monument decorated with a Christmas wreath.

NPS/Eric Leonard

Ninety years after the first monument was placed in the National Cemetery, the Stalag XVII-B monument became the last monument dedicated here. Dedicated on May 3, 1989, the anniversary of the liberation of the the German prison camp Stalag-XVII-B, the monument was erected in honor of all the prisoners held in German prison camps in the European theater of operations.

Did You Know?

A corn plant growing next to a prisoner shelter

A small number of Andersonville prisoners were able to grow crops such as beans and corn. Prisoner diaries and sketches mention this fact and a photograph taken in the summer of 1864 shows corn stalks growing near a shelter. Such an undertaking would require constant guard and demonstrates that prisoners knew they might be captives at Andersonville for quite some time.