Historic Markers Across Georgia



Star Fort



Marker ID: NPS 
Location: at the corner of Andersonville Prison Site.
County: Macon
Coordinates: N 32° 11.531    W 084° 07.920
  32.19218333    -84.132
Style: Interpretative Sign **
Waymark: WMAFXB
Star Fort Marker
Photo by Ken Moser



Text:

Within this stronghold stood the offices of the post commander and the prison commandant. Fort and headquarters were symbols of power, but the fully enclosed earthworks also reflect the authorities' besieged state of mind. Hampered by supply shortages and a constant influx of new prisoners, Confederates here were responsible for operating a prison camp under conditions they could hardly control.
Four of the Star Fort's guns were trained outward to repel Union cavalry raids. The other five cannon were aimed toward the north slope of the prison camp.
Before erosion rounded the walls, these earthworks were angled to give defenders overlapping fields of fire.

National Park Service




Star Fort
Photo by Ken Moser


Notes:

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

 

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