Victory From Within: Exploring the Stories of Prisoners of War

The Camp Sumter military prison at Andersonville was one of the largest Confederate military prisons during the Civil War. During the 14 months the prison existed, more than 45,000 Union soldiers were confined here. Of these, almost 13,000 died here. Today, Andersonville National Historic Site is a memorial to all American prisoners of war throughout the nation's history.

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Features

The south field, crowded with prisoner shelters. Guard towers loom over the wall.

150th Anniversary of Andersonville

Join us to explore the story of Andersonville and Civil War prisoners of war during the 150th anniversary of the prison in 2014 & 2015.

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Monuments and luminaries, at dusk

State of the Park

As part of the stewardship of national parks the NPS has developed State of the Park reports to assess the overall status of park resources.

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Park ranger talks with students at the prison site

Plan A Field Trip

Learn more about ranger-led and teacher-led activities to help students understand the experiences of Union Prisoners of war held at Andersonville.

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Decorated Memory Stars

Memory Star Project

Help us collect 13,000 stars from classrooms, families and community members across the country; one star for each life lost at Andersonville.

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A park ranger kneels next to graves during a tour

Guided Tours

Learn more about the various opportunities to explore the park and discover the history of Andersonville.

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The Minnesota monument in the Andersonville National Cemetery is surrounded by graves

Andersonville National Cemetery

The burying ground for those who died here is now a National Cemetery, connecting the past to the present, still serving modern-day veterans.

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A member of an Army honor guard stands ready to sound taps

Burial Guidelines and Qualifications

Information regarding eligibility criteria and procedures for burial in the Andersonville National Cemetery.

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The south field at Andersonville - then and now

Myths of Civil War Prisons

Discover the facts behind the myths and misconceptions about Andersonville and other Civil War military prisons.

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Living historians portraying prisoners and a guard

Researching Andersonville Prisoners and Guards

Documenting the lives of the prisoners held at Andersonville, and preserving their experiences, is an important and ongoing process.

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