Today as in the past, the question of treatment of prisoners has always been an northern issue the names of andersonville, belle isle, are issues that arise again and againas the majority of history was compiled by northern writers after the war,( whose agenda seemed to be one- sided), certain facts always seem to be overlooked, or if not overlooked, not emphasized. One of the most notorious sites in american history, andersonville prison in southwest georgia, accepted the first us prisoners of war on this day in 1864. Detailed plan of andersonville prison camp, showing sweetwater lick to the north, and the southwestern & enfaula railroad to the east shows the main forts, stockade and cemetery. The andersonville raiders were a band of rogue soldiers held prisoner at the confederate andersonville prison during the american civil war oliver l history of.
Opening in 1998, the national prisoner of war museum at andersonville national historic site was founded on the same principle as the park—to honor pows of all wars. The tragedy of andersonville trial of captain henry wirz, history of andersonville prison, (gainesville: university of florida press, 1968) harper, frank. Andersonville prison which he held the medical and surgical history of the war of the rebellion, in referring to one of his sanitary reports, says: the.
Get this from a library history of andersonville prison [ovid l futch] -- in february 1864, five hundred union prisoners of war arrived at the confederate stockade at anderson station, georgia. Andersonville national historic site, andersonville, ga 12k likes history museums in andersonville, georgia the halting of prisoner exchanges, the. A secret list in the civil war prison at andersonville i first came upon this nugget of new england-related civil war history in a roundabout way my brother. Andersonville, or camp sumter as it was officially known, was one of the largest of many established prison camps during the american civil war, wrote researcher and georgia historian, kevin frye it was built early in 1864 after confederate officials decided to move the large number of federal prisoners kept in and around richmond, virginia, to a place of greater security. History of andersonville andersonville's roots as a community extend well back into the 19th century, when immigrant swedish farmers started moving north into what was then a distant suburb of chicago.
Andersonville, or camp sumter as it was known officially, held more prisoners at any given time than any of the other confederate military prisons it was built in early 1864 after confederate officials decided to move the large number of federal prisoners in and around richmond to a place of greater security and more abundant food. Andersonville was the largest of the confederate prison camps this view shows a portion of the camp, looking across ironically named sweetwater creek, which served as both the camp's sewer and. The andersonville national historic site, located near andersonville, georgia, preserves the former camp sumter history of andersonville prison (1968. Consequently, the movie depicts the prison of mackinlay kantor's pulitzer prize-winning novel, andersonville, rather than the andersonville of history the confederates are portrayed as the malicious beasts they were accused of being in 1865, and false accusations of bitter ex-prisoners enjoy full credence. Opened in 1998, the national prisoner of war museum tells the story of prisoners of war throughout american history this facility doubles as the park's visitor center and is the best place to begin a visit former prisoners of war partnered with andersonville national historic site to create and.
Civil war prison camps although andersonville is probably among the best known, it's estimated there were approximately 150 prison camps of varying sizes. The andersonville prisoners had little to do all day but talk, and any events within the prison that affected prisoners would be the subject of intense, widespread discussion acts such as those alleged against wirz could not have happened without the widespread knowledge within the inmate population. A history of andersonville prison monuments by stacy w reaves in april 1865, the nation learned of the atrocities and horrors of the southern prison camp at andersonville, georgia an army expedition and clara barton identified the graves of the thirteen thousand who perished there and established the andersonville national cemetery. Of the 45,000 union soldiers who'd been held at andersonville confederate prison during the american civil war, 13,000 died during the worst months, 100 men died each day from malnutrition, exposure to the elements, and communicable disease restoring unity in america after the civil war was. Andersonville, like so many other cities and towns throughout the state, grew up around the railroads its history, however, is most often linked to the civil war, and specifically to the famed camp that held union soldiers as prisoners of war.
In april 1865, the nation learned of the atrocities and horrors of the southern prison camp at andersonville, georgia an army expedition and clara barton identified the graves of the thirteen thousand who perished there and established the andersonville national cemetery. The andersonville prison (officially called camp sumter) was named after andersonville, the georgia town it was built near built in 1864 to house union soldiers, it was the largest prison of the. Andersonville: prisoners of war throughout history: this dvd features two films, shown in the national prisoner of war museum, that provide an introd. Illinois genealogy trails history group the following is a list of the illinois soldiers who died at andersonville prison, compiled from various sources the.
Nps/andersonville national historic site commonly known as andersonville, the military prison facility was officially named camp sumter, in honor of the county in which it was located construction of the camp began in early 1864 after the decision had been made to relocate union prisoners to a more secure location.