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Andersonville Civil War Prison Camp Graves
Andersonville Civil War Prison Camp Graves

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Challenge: National Parks (Standard Editing*)
Collection: Portfolio
Date: Aug 28, 2016
Date Uploaded: Aug 28, 2016

The Andersonville National Historic Site, located near Andersonville, Georgia, preserves the former Camp Sumter (also known as Andersonville Prison), a Confederate prisoner-of-war camp during the American Civil War. Most of the site lies in southwestern Macon County, adjacent to the east side of the town of Andersonville. As well as the former prison, the site contains the Andersonville National Cemetery and the National Prisoner of War Museum.

The site is an iconic reminder of the horrors of Civil War prisons. It was commanded by Captain Henry Wirz, who was tried and executed after the war for war crimes. It was overcrowded to four times its capacity, with an inadequate water supply, inadequate food rations, and unsanitary conditions. Of the approximately 45,000 Union prisoners held at Camp Sumter during the war, nearly 13,000 died. The chief causes of death were scurvy, diarrhea, and dysentery. Friends provided care, food, and moral support for others in their social network, which helped prisoners survive

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/05/2016 08:15:45 PM
We've been here...such a sad place...so much pain and suffering. Well done
09/03/2016 08:18:44 PM
Somebody should call the Sierra Club, alert them to all the wonderful photos in this challenge. It's truly amazing. Thanks for posting this shot.
08/30/2016 11:35:22 AM
That's really powerful!

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