Historic Markers Across Georgia

The Prison Hospital Third Hospital

Marker ID: NPS 
Location: near the Star Fort Site.
County: Macon
Coordinates: N 32° 11.800    W 084° 07.735
  32.19666666    -84.12891666
Style: Interpretative Sign **
Waymark: WMAFXJ
The Prison Hospital Third Hospital Marker
Photo by Ken Moser


This empty field was the site of Andersonville's third and last hospital. There were two previous hospitals within nine months.
It did not take prisoners long to realize that few patients returned.
Knowing that medicines were in short supply, even the sickest men resisted going to the hospital. They preferred to die among friends and regimental comrades.
The third hospital was a cluster of open barracks-like sheds, with a surrounding stockade. Historical maps pinpoint the hospital site.
" Then hospital is a tough place to be in. ¨.In some cases before a man is fairly dead, he is stripped of everything, coat, pants, shirt, finger rings (if he has any). These the nurses trade to the guards."
John L. Ranston, 9th Michigan Cavalry
April 15, 1864
Prison conditions were so unsanitary that the slightest scratch could provide an entry for deadly microbes. Doctors experimented with local herbs and folk remedies in a desperate attempt to combat rampant infections.

National Park Service

The Prison Hospital Third Hospital
Photo by Ken Moser


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