• North HillSide Photomerge

    Andersonville

    National Historic Site Georgia

Civil War Prisoner Burials

Men standing in a waist-deep burial trench

Burial detail, August 16th, 1864. Union prisoners of war were used to bury their comrades.

A. J. Riddle/National Archives

The burial trenches used to provide a final resting place for the Union prisoners who died here during the operation of Camp Sumter in 1864 & 1865 form the bulk of the graves found in today's National Cemetery.

The dead were buried side by side, and each body was identified by name when possible and assigned a number. Grave numbers were placed on primitive wooden markers, later replaced by the United States Army in 1865.

 

Historic Grave
Site Numbers

Section

Dates of Death

1 - 2645

K

2/27/1864-6/29/1864

2646 - 4151

J

6/29/1864-7/28/1864

4152 - 5694

F

7/28/1864-8/15/1864

5695 - 7267

E

8/15/1864-8/30/1864

7268 - 12853

H

8/30/1864-04/28/1865

12854 - 13189

B

13190 - 13465

C

13466 - 13729

B

13730 - 13872

A


 
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Did You Know?

American flags in front of white headstones

The earliest commemorative service in the National Cemetery was held on Emancipation Day, January 1, 1869. Teachers and students of the Freedman's school, along with the Rev. Dr. Hamilton Pierson held memorial services and superintended the decoration of the the National Cemetery.