Historic Markers Across Georgia

Providence Spring

Marker ID: NPS 
Location: Located on trail leading to Providence Spring, in Andersonville, Georgia
County: Macon
Coordinates: N 32° 11.662    W 84° 7.808
  32.19437    -84.13013
Style: Interpretative Sign **
Waymark: WMAFX0
Providence Spring Marker
Photo by William Fischer, Jr.


During a heavy rainstorm on August 14, 1864, a spring suddenly gushed from this hillside. The prisoners were desperate for fresh water, and over time the event became legendary. Several men claimed to have seen lightning strike this spot just before the spring burst forth.

This damp slope, with its many natural seeps, would appear to be a likely site for a spring. Workmen may have inadvertently buried the spring´s outlet while digging the stockade trench. Whether an act of nature or divine providence, the effect of the stream was an answer to thousands of prayers.

"A spring of purest crystal water shot up into the air in a column and, falling in a fanlike spray, went babbling down the grade into the noxious brook. Looking across the dead-line, we beheld with wondering eyes and grateful hearts the fountain spring."
John L. Maile, 8th Michigan Infantry August 15, 1864.

Erected by National Park Service.

Providence Spring Building
Providence Spring
Photo by William Fischer, Jr.,


For more information on Andersonville Prison (Camp Sumter):
Historical background about the infamous Andersonville Prison.
angelfire - Andersonville Civil War Prison
wikipedia - Andersonville Prison, February 1864 - April 1865
U.S. National Park Service - Andersonville National Historic Site
thewildgeese - Father Peter Whelan: Serving the Blue and the Gray
Wikipedia - Father Peter Whelan