Historic Markers Across Georgia

A Tight Stockade

Marker ID: NPS 
Location: Andersonville NHS, Andersonville, GA
County: Macon
Coordinates: N 32° 11.680    W 084° 07.809
  32.19466666    -84.13015
Style: Interpretative Sign **
Waymark: WMWJ17


A Tight Stockade
Andersonville's first phase

Based on archaeological evidence, this stockade is an accurate reconstruction of the prison's North Gate.

These carefully hewn, closely fitted logs reflected the deliberate design of the prison's initial sixteen and one-half acres. At the far northeast corner, haphazardly spaced tree trunks revealed the hasty construction of the camp's ten-acre addition.

The Confederate's original plan broke down under a wave of overcrowding. The contrasting stockade walls suggest that things had begun to go terribly wrong by the summer of 1864.

When the prison site was selected, dense pine and oak forest covered the slopes. Slaves felled the straightest pines, topped them to a uniform length and hewed them with broadaxes. The logs were set in a ditch 5 feet deep (as shown in the archaeologist's photo, below), and stood 17 feet above the ground.


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