Andersonville Prison photographs
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Andersonville Prison photographs

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Unknown.
Title: Andersonville Prison photographs
Dates: circa 1900
Extent: 0.05 cubic feet (1 folder)
Identification: MS 1774

Biographical/Historical Note

Andersonville Prison, officially known as Camp Sumter, was one of the largest Confederate military prisons established during the Civil War. Located in Andersonville, Georgia, the prison was in existence for 14 months, from February 1864 to April 1865, and housed over 45,000 Union soldiers. Of these soldiers, almost 13,000 died from disease, poor sanitation, malnutrition, abuse, overcrowding, and exposure to the elements. The largest number held in the 26.5 acre stockade at any one time was more than 32,000, during August of 1864. The site of the prison is now the Andersonville National Historic Site.

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of two, post Civil War, albumen photographs of Andersonville Prison. The images are 5 x 5 inches and depict a civilian and two army officers examining landmarks at the overgrown site. The following is inscribed on the photographs: "Star Fort, Andersonville Prison, Ga." and "Creek, - East Wall - Andersonville Prison, Ga." There are print imperfections from the glare on the original negatives. The photographs are undated, but the military men are wearing uniforms that were introduced in 1895.

Index Terms

Andersonville Prison.
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Prisoners and prisons.

Administrative Information

Processing Information

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Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Container List

Andersonville Prison photographs, circa 1900 View online.