Historic Markers Across Georgia

Old Campground Cemetery

Marker ID: SCV 
Location: on Providence Church Rd just south of D. C. Clark Road, Lyons, GA
County: Toombs
Coordinates: N 31° 58.1798    W 082° 16.453
  31.96966333    -82.27421666
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WMA7B3
Old Campground Cemetery Marker
Photo by David Seibert


Founded circa 1820 is a meeting place for circuit riding ministers. Old campground added a cemetery in 1853. It contained some of the oldest graves and Toombs County. There are three Confederate veterans buried here including Lt. Gordon K. Fort, 24th Bn. Georgia Calvary one of the "Immortal 600".

During the war for Southern Independence, (1861-1865), the US Army selected 600 captured Confederate officers, including Lt. Fort, for retaliation against the South. In one of the most heinous acts of vengeance in American history, they were starved, maltreated, and used as human shields. Because of their courage and perseverance, they became known is the "Immortal 600". Also buried here are Lt. Robert Stripling, 61st Regiment and Pvt Benjamin Stripling of the 47th Regiment Georgia infantry, CSA.

The cemetery is ¼ mile south of this location.

Erected by: Gen Robert a Toombs Camp, Sons of Confederate Veterans

Old Campground Cemetery
Photo by David Seibert


The fallowing references give a more complete picture of this event.

More Information:

History.net - Immortal 600: Prisoners Under Fire at Charleston Harbor During the American Civil War
Wikipedia - Immortal Six Hundred
NPS - Fort Pulaski: The Immortal Six Hundred