Historic Markers Across Georgia



Camp Sumter Confederate Prison Site



Marker ID: GHM 129-3
Location: on Ga 49 at Ga. 271 at turnoff to town of Andersonville
County: Sumter
Coordinates: N 32° 11.738    W 084° 8.049
  32.19563577    -84.13414354
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM4T97
Camp Sumter Confederate Prison Site Marker
Photo by David Seibert



Text:

This was the site of the Confederacy`s largest prison camp. During the 14 months it existed in 1864-65, over 45,000 Union prisoners were confined here. Of thse 12,912 died from disease, poor sanitation, malnutrition, and exposure. Declining economic conditions, an inadequate transportation system, and the need to concentrate all available resources on its army, kept the Confederate government from providing adequate food, housing, clothing, or medical care for their prisoners. These conditions and the breakdown of the prisoner exchange system created much suffering and a high mortality rate.

GHM 129-3 GEORGIA HISTORIC MARKER 1988]




Camp Sumter Confederate Prison Site
Photo by David Seibert



 

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