Unlike the other state monuments, the Tennessee monument was never authorized by any agency of the state government, nor for that matter, by the state Department of the G.A.R. Rather, individual G.A.R. members with the assistance of the Woman's Relief Corps organized a committee and raised the necessary funds for the monument.
The monument is located about 340 feet south of the North wall of the stockade and in line with the Rhode Island and Massachusetts monuments. It was dedicated at ceremonies conducted on 12 November 1915.
The rear panel contains the following statement: "THIS MONUMENT WAS ERECTED BY THE VOLUNTARY CONTRIBUTIONS OF THEIR SURVIVING COMRADES AND FRIENDS."
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Inside the Andersonville prison was a vibrant free market economy. Prisoner George Fechtner recounted that, “there were a number of barber shops there where men could get shaved, their hair cut and whiskers dyed, and some of them carried on the doctoring business. They would buy their dyeing articles to work with, their soap and other things, from new arrivals.” Other prisoners operated stores, sold firewood, and repaired clothes and shoes.