Andersonville Boy

Also known as: Connecticut Civil War Prisoners Memorial
210 Capitol Avenue, Hartford, CT

Bronze and granite Civil War Monument dedicated in 1907 in Hartford.


Andersonville Boy

Photo taken by Richard Doody in 1989



"Andersonville Boy" is a memorial, "In memory of the men of Connecticut who suffered in Southern military prisons 1861 - 1865". The figure of a young POW was sculpted by Bela Pratt and cast by the Henry Bonnard Bronze Company. R.C. Sturgis was the architect of the overall monument which rests on a pink granite base with adjoining benches of the same material. This memorial, erected on the grounds of the state capitol in 1907, is one of two castings. The first was erected on the grounds of the Andersonville National Cemetery in Georgia on October 23, 1907.

The graves of 13,000 Union soldiers and sailors who died of maltreatment while in Confederate custody at Andersonville were identified largely through the efforts of Terryville, CT native Dorence Atwater. Atwater secretly copied the surgeon's records detailing the names of dead, cause of death and their burial place. He fought his own superiors for the right publish them after the war. He was court martialed, served 3 months in the state penitentiary at Auburn, NY and was ultimately pardoned by President Andrew Johnson before his lists were returned to him by the War Department.

Update Log 

  • February 21, 2019: New photo from Richard Doody
  • February 21, 2019: Added by Richard Doody


  • Richard Doody