During the Civil War, Andersonville Prison in central Georgia held approximately 32,000 Union prisoners in a compound designed for only 10,000. As the tide turned against the Confederacy in 1864, the prisoners were not adequately cared for and thousands perished. Following the war, Clara Barton helped lead the effort to identify the 12,920 men buried here and place a gravestone for each of them. In addition to being a National Park Service (NPS) site, it remains an active military cemetery and is also home to the National Prisoner of War Museum.
National Prisoner of War Museum, monuments in Andersonville National Cemetery, prison site
This may not be the best NPS site to bring children to, given the exhibits in the National Prisoner of War Museum do not pull punches in their depictions of the brutality endured by captured combatants throughout the ages. That said, it is very well-done and a powerful experience. We can promise that you will not leave this small Georgia town harboring the same feelings about war with which you arrived.
Walk (or drive) around the Civil War prison site to read interpretive panels and see the reconstruction of the North Gate and Northeast Corner of the stockade.
You thought your deadlines were tough, but if an Andersonville prisoner crossed this “dead line” he was immediately shot.
Year round, though it can get hot and humid in the summer.
All roads are paved.
None in the park, but several campgrounds nearby including one across the road from the cemetery and Georgia Veterans Memorial State Park near Americus.
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