Historic Markers Across Georgia

Expanded Stockade

Marker ID: NPS 
Location: Andersonville NHS, Andersonville, GA
County: Macon
Coordinates: N 32° 11.768    W 084° 07.614
  32.19613333    -84.1269
Style: Interpretative Sign **
Waymark: WMWJ11


Expanded Stockade

The unhewn logs with daylight between them betrayed the Confederate's haste to expand the north end of camp. In contrast, the reconstruction at the North Gate sections shows the carefully planned design of the stockade's initial 16 acres, and officials planned for only 6000 prisoners.

The outer row of white posts marks the perimeter of the stockade, enter posts marks the deadline. The area between was a no man's land. If prisoners crossed the deadline, guards in the Sentry boxes had orders to shoot them.

The stockade is an accurate reconstruction. Archaeologists excavated stumps here that show the size and spacing of stockade logs. They were able to map the location of each stockade post from the change in soil color produced by rotting wood.


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