“Since the day I was born, I never saw such misery.”
September 3, 2013 11:04 AM Subscribe
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI (32 comments total)
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“I have read in my earlier years about prisoners in the revolutionary war, and other wars. It sounded noble and heroic to be a prisoner of war, and accounts of their adventures were quite romantic; but the romance has been knocked out of the prisoner of war business, higher than a kite. It's a fraud
Andersonville, Georgia was the location of the most infamous prisoner-of-war camp of the Civil War, North or South. At it's highest capacity, it held 33,000 prisoners in an area meant for only 10,000. That area was an empty field with no permanent shelter and only one small water source that ran the length of the camp. The prison only operated for just over a year, but in that time nearly 13,000 died from "disease, poor sanitation, malnutrition, overcrowding, or exposure to the elements".
Today the location is part of the National Park Service
and you can explore the boundaries of the camp site. Inside the park visitor's center is the National Prisoner of War Museum
where you can view exhibits covering all American wars.