Camp Sumter: Confederate Prison Site

Camp Sumter: Confederate Prison Site

Camp Sumter

Image Courtesy of Tom Stelling

Year Erected: 1988

Marker Text: This was the site of the Confederacy’s largest prison camp. During the 14 months it existed in 1864-65, over 45,000 Union prisoners were confined here. Of those, 12,912 died from disease, poor sanitation, malnutrition, and exposure. Declining economic conditions, an inadequate transportation system, and the need to concentrate all available resources of its army kept the Confederate government from providing adequate food, housing, clothing, or medical care for their prisoners. These conditions and the breakdown of the prisoner exchange system created much suffering and a high mortality rate.

Tips for Finding This Marker: At the intersection of Church Street and GA 49 in Andersonville.