Historic Markers Across Georgia

Massive Monuments

Marker ID: NPS 
Location: Andersonville NHS, Andersonville, GA
County: Macon
Coordinates: N 32° 12.167    W 084° 07.91
  32.20278333    -84.13183333
Style: Interpretative Sign **
Waymark: WMWJ01


Massive Monuments

1911 the state of New York erected this granite monument to honor its troops who died in Andersonville prison. Large monuments were a fashion of the time, built on a scale that would symbolize the prisoners enormous sacrifice.

There are 12 monuments the cemetery and 11 in the nearby prison site. Each has a unique design. Because so little remains of the historic prison, the monuments form a prominent part of the Andersonville landscape.

"Theirs was not the glory of death on the firing line. Penned in by the deadline, wasted by disease, far from home and loved ones, they were mercifully mustered out, leaving as a heritage to the nation the memory of a devotion as limitless as eternity itself." -- Address by Governor A. T. Bliss at the dedication of the Michigan monument, Andersonville, May 30, 1904.


Dedication of the New York monument April 29, 1914. The Woman's Relief Corps acquired the prison site in 1896, erected the pavilion at Providence Spring, and encouraged states to build memorials."


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