Historic Markers Across Georgia

View From A Pigeon-Roost

Marker ID: NPS 
Location: on the road at the East side of the Andersonville Prison Site.
County: Macon
Coordinates: N 32° 11.683    W 084° 07.630
  32.19471666    -84.12716666
Style: Interpretative Sign **
Waymark: WMAFXM
View From A Pigeon-Roost Marker
Photo by Ken Moser


This photograph was taken in August 1861 from a sentry box just down slope from here. The photographer was A.J. Riddle, who was preparing a report for the Confederate government.
Riddle's seven glass-plate negatives apparently were the only photographs taken of Andersonville prison during the war. Like a double exposure, the surviving photos superimpose the historic reality on today's pastoral scene. You are looking at the same piece of ground Riddle photographed.
The photograph shows the deadline, a camp road (North or Market Street), and the crowded shebangs. Shelters were more scattered in the swampy area near the creek.

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