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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



Text:

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



 
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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