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    Andersonville

    National Historic Site Georgia

Places To Go

Men walk down a cemetery avenue lined with American flags
The avenue of flags leading the the rostrum in the National Cemetery during Memorial Day weekend.
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Three features allow park visitors to opportunities to better understand the history of the Andersonville prison during the Civil War, and the broader history of prisoners of war throughout American history: the National Prisoner of War Museum, the historic prison site, and the National Cemetery.

Most visitors spend at least two hours in the park. Those with a special interest in the Civil War or American prisoners of war could easily spend most of the day.

Did You Know?

Bronze panel showing a prison scene on the back of a stone monument

Most visitors exploring Andersonville National Cemetery are unaware that the New York monument has an image sculpted on the reverse side of the memorial. The image on the reverse depicts two Andersonville prisoners. One is seen as dejected while the other appears hopeful. An angel approaches the prisoners carrying an olive branch, the symbol of peace, which was used to represent the reconciliation between the North and the South. More...