Andersonville National Historic Site

Also known as: Camp Sumter, Andersonville Prison Camp
496 Cemetery Road, Andersonville, GA

Confederate prison camp and POW museum

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Photo taken by Eddie Douthitt

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Description 

The Andersonville prison, officially known as Camp Sumter, served as a Confederate Prisoner-of-war camp during the American Civil War. The site of the prison is now Andersonville National Historic Site in Andersonville, Georgia. Most of the site actually lies in extreme southwestern Macon County, adjacent to the east side of Andersonville. It includes the site of the Civil War prison, the Andersonville National Cemetery and the National Prisoner of War Museum. 12,913 of the approximately 45,000 Union prisoners died there because of starvation, malnutrition, diarrhea, disease, alleged abuse and blunt weapon executions from guards.

National Register information 

Status
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on October 16, 1970
Reference number
70000070
Areas of significance
Military; Social History
Level of significance
National
Evaluation criteria
A - Event
Property type
District
Historic functions
Correctional facility; Museum; Cemetery
Current functions
Museum; Cemetery; Park
Periods of significance
1900-1924; 1875-1899; 1850-1874
Significant years
1864; 1865
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 5
Contributing structures: 1
Contributing sites: 2
Contributing objects: 20
Non-contributing buildings: 3

Update Log 

  • February 11, 2020: Updated by Michael Miller: Added "NRHP Record Number" and Updated "NRHP Status"
  • May 14, 2012: Updated by Eddie Douthitt: Fixed typo
  • April 25, 2012: New Street View added by Eddie Douthitt
  • April 24, 2012: New photos from Eddie Douthitt
  • April 23, 2012: Added by Eddie Douthitt

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Comments 

Andersonville National Historic Site
Posted February 11, 2020, by Michael Miller (michael_a_miller [at] yahoo [dot] com)

This actually just over the county line in Macon County, not Sumter County. The town of Andersonville is Sumter County, however.