Historic Markers Across Georgia

This Was Andersonville

Marker ID: NPS 
Location: Marker is on Cemetery Road, in Andersonville, Georgia
County: Macon
Coordinates: N 32° 11.831    W 84° 7.629
  32.19437    -84.13013
Style: Interpretative Sign **
Waymark: WMAFWY
This Was Andersonville Marker
Photo by Ken Moser


You are about to enter Andersonville, one of the largest Confederate prisoner-of-war camps. Of the 45,000 Union soldiers confined here, nearly 13,000 died.
Erected by National Park Service.
Beyond a walking tour of the stockade area, a visit to Andersonville involves an inner journey - to image prisoner´s existence here and to discover the meaning of the place from the fragments that remain. Throughout the site there are clues to the high rate of mortality.

"Then came the captives, weary, worn and hungry from prolonged travel cooped up like beasts in freight cars. Down from the depot they marched amid the jeers and taunts of a gaping crowd. The gate opened. The stockade swallowed them." Lessel Long, 13th Indiana Infantry. February 21, 1864.

Erected by National Park Service.


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