Andersonville, Georgia

Located just off Highway 49 between Americus and Oglethorpe lies the Civil War Village of Andersonville.  It is here that visitors can browse antiques and craft shops, visit the Drummer Boy Museum, and see the Wirz Monument; America’s unique monument to the man famously tried, convicted and executed for war crimes in the Civil War.  Nearby is what was once as Camp Sumter military prison.  Built if 1864, it was one the largest prison camps established during the Civil War with more than 45,000 Union Soldiers confined there during its 14 months of existence.  Disease, malnutrition, poor sanitation, overcrowding and exposure to the elements of death 13,000 prisoners.  Camp Sumter (or the Anderson prison) ceased to exist in May 1885.