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Andersonville National Historic Site

Rte 1, Box 800
Andersonville, Georgia

Phone: 912 924 0343 --

Statement of Purpose:

Camp Sumter as it was known officially, was the largest of many Confederate military prisons established during the Civil War.

It was built in 1864 after it was decided to move the large number of Federal prisoners in and around Richmond to a place of greater security and more abundant food.

During the 14 months it existed, more than 45,000 Union soldiers were confined here. of these, almost 13,000 died from disease, poor sanitation, malnutrition, overcrowding, or exposure to the elements.

Highlights & Collections:

Our visitor center contains exhibits telling the park story and a video which park visitor may view to orient them to the park.


Admission & Directions:


Andersonville Civil War Prison Camp

"It is terrible trying to live here."

John Ransom, 9th Michigan Cavalry. Above: Living along the "deadline". Andersonville prison camp, 1864.

Key Personnel:

Joan P. Stibitz, Park Ranger

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