Historic Markers Across Georgia

The Raider's Graves

Marker ID: NPS 
Location: Andersonville NHS, Andersonville, GA
County: Macon
Coordinates: N 32° 12.209    W 084° 07.890
  32.20348333    -84.1315
Style: Interpretative Sign **
Waymark: WMWJ08


The Raider's Graves

These 6 graves were deliberately set apart; these 6 prisoners were buried with dishonor.

Only enlisted soldiers were imprisoned in Andersonville. With no union officers to maintain order, life in the pen became anarchy. A gang known as the Raiders roamed the prison yard, bullying robbing and even murdering other prisoners. Eventually, with the blessing of Commandant Wirz, the prisoners formed a police squad call the Regulators, arrested the Raiders, and tried and hanged the six ringleaders.

The names on these headstones may not be accurate. Several of the Raiders were deserters who reenlisted under aliases.

"Raiders took $170.00 from Dowd, he was badly cut up, but finally got away and reached the gate, and reported to Captain Wirz who came up with him and demanded that the robber should be given up under penalty of no rations for one week." -- Eugene Forbes, 4th NJ Cavalry, June 29, 1864

Before their execution, the six Raider leaders were court-martialed by their peers. Confederates provided lumber for the gallows, which was erected near the prisons South Gate. The remaining Raiders were forced to run a gauntlet formed by their fellow prisoners.


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