• 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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