Historic Markers Across Georgia

Transfer of Site of Andersonville Prison

Marker ID: NPS 
Location: located on the prison site about 60 feet south of the North wall and 165 feet east of the West wall, Andersonville NHS
County: Macon
Coordinates: N 32° 11.793    W 084° 07.735
  32.19655    -84.12891666
Style: Mounted **
Waymark: WMWHVJ


This Tablet Is Erected In Commemoration

Of the patriotic work of the Woman's Relief Corps, auxiliary to the Grand Army of the Republic, in the preservation and improvement of this historic site, comprising 87 acres, of which 72.5 acres were acquired in 1896 by deed of gift from the Grand Army of the Republic of Georgia, and 14.5 acres were acquired by the Woman's Relief Corps by purchase to complete the tract.

The Woman's Relief Corps was incorporated under the laws of Ohio, for charitable and patriotic purposes, on February 3, 1904, by the following named women: Sarah D. Winans, Jennie S. Wright, Kate B. Sherwood, Cora Day Young, Mary C. Wenzel, Mary M. North, Sarah E. Phillips, Elizabeth A. Turner, Clara Barton and Allaseba M. Bliss.

During the convention held in September, 1908, the Woman's Relief Corps, having improved and cared for these grounds at its own expense, formerly tendered the land to the United States Government as a gift, free of all indebtedness; and in pursuance of the act of Congress, approved March 2, 1910, the Secretary of War was authorized and directed to accept the land so tendered with all improvements thereon.

Board of Trustees 1909-1910
Sarah D Winans, Chairman
Abby A. Adams
Allaseba M. Bliss
Sarah E. Fuller
Carrie R. Reed

Committee on transfer 1909-1910
Kate E. Jones, Chairman
Kate B. Sherwood
Mary L. Gilman
Mary M. North


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