Historic Markers Across Georgia

The Unknown Soldier

Marker ID: NPS 
Location: Andersonville NHS, Andersonville, GA
County: Macon
Coordinates: N 32° 12.243    W 084° 07.917
  32.20405    -84.13195
Style: Interpretative Sign **
Waymark: WMWJ09


The Unknown Soldier

The union dead in this section did not die in Andersonville prison. Buried in haste on battlefields and central and southwest Georgia, many of the soldiers were never identified. There is no system of military "dog tags" during the Civil War.

A memorial at the north end of the drive honors all the unknowns in the cemetery. Of the 12,920 who died of Andersonville, only 460 have graves marked as "Unknown US Soldier."

"Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it . . ." Thomas Paine, 1777

By 1868 more than 800 remains from surrounding counties were disinterred from common grades and brought the Andersonville -- the nearest national cemetery -- for reburial and pine caskets. The historic photograph shows a similar reinternment in Virginia after the Battle of Fredericksburg.


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