Historic Markers Across Georgia

The North Gate

Marker ID: NPS 
Location: Marker is at the intersection of Prison Site Road and Cemetery Road, in Andersonville, Georgia
County: Macon
Coordinates: N 32° 11.864    W 84° 7.755
  32.19773333    -84.13013
Style: Interpretative Sign **
Waymark: WMAFWZ
The North Gate Marker
Photo by William Fischer, Jr.


The trail follows in the footsteps of newly arriving prisoners. Captured Union soldiers marched from the village railroad station, past this spot, and uphill to the North Gate, the main prison entrance.
Erected by National Park Service.
After prisoners passed through the outer door, it was barred behind them. Then the inner gate swung open on the prison yard. New arrivals, or "fresh fish" as they were often called, had no idea what awaited them there.

"Five hundred weary men moved along slowly through the double lines of guards. Two massive wooden gates, with heavy iron hinges and bolts, swung open as we stood there, and we passed through into the space beyond. We were at Andersonville."

Erected by National Park Service.

Diagram on North Gate Marker
The North Gate
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