Lesson Plan

Medical Conditions at Andersonville Prison Webquest

Drawing of the second Andersonville prison hospital
Drawing of the second Andersonville prison hospital

NPS/Andersonville National Historic Site

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Grade Level:
Eighth Grade-Twelfth Grade
Civil War, Health, Medicine, Military and Wartime History
60 minutes
Group Size:
Up to 24
National/State Standards:
This activity aligns to the common core standards for ELA/social studies


Nearly 13,000 prisoners died at Andersonville of disease and malnutrition.
This activity is designed to help students explore the medical conditions at Andersonville, and how those conditions contributed to a high rate of death. Some of the content of this activity is graphic and may not be appropriate for younger students.


At the end of the activity, the students will be able to:

  • Identify key diseases that were prevalent at Andersonville.
  • Explain the causes for the spread of these diseases.
  • Compare the treatments of these diseases at Andersonville to their modern treatments.


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