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- Andersonville Prison
- THE AMERICAS
- Alt Name:
- Camp Sumter
- United States
- American Civil War
- 1800AD - 1899AD
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about Andersonville Prison
Andersonville Prison, also known as Camp Sumter, in Georgia was a military prison established by the Confederates in February 1864, during the American Civil War. In fact, Andersonville was one of the largest of such prisons and, by April 1865, had held over 45,000 Union prisoners of war or ‘POW’s’.
Over its fourteen months of existence under Confederate control, around 13,000 Union POW’s died at Andersonville Prison. This was mostly due to the dire conditions at the institution which led to malnutrition and disease. These soldiers were buried at Andersonville National Cemetery.
Today, Andersonville Prison, together with the National Prisoner of War Museum and the Andersonville National Cemetery form a Nation Historic Site. In addition to exploring the prison itself, visitors can learn about the role of American POW’s in numerous different conflicts and view exhibits detailing their sacrifice.
The Andersonville Prison site also includes the cemetery, which is now a National Cemetery and is still active today as a burial place for war veterans.
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Address: 496 Cemetery Road, Andersonville, GA, United States
Andersonville Prison National Park is located off GA-49 in southwest Georgia, around 139 miles south of Atlanta. From the north, take I75 to exit 135 (Perry) then travel southwest for around 20 miles along the GA-224 towards Montezuma. Just before Montezuma, turn right to enter GA-26 & continue until it intersects with GA-49. Enter GA-49 and travel 6 miles south to Andersonville (entrance will be on the left). If travelling from the south, take I75 to exit 110 (Cordele) and follow US-280 around 30 miles westwards to Americus then turn right to enter GA-49 and travel north for 10 miles to reach Andersonville. You will travel past the park exit and the employee entrance before seeing the entrance on your right. Further directions available on the NPS site. There is no public transport to the site.
The grounds of Andersonville Prison National Park are open daily, 8am to 5pm. This includes the prison site and the cemetery. The museum is open daily, 8:30am to 5pm except on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year's Day. Admission is free.
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