Wednesday, July 23, 2008

State Monuments at Andersonville Georgia

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Andersonville Georgia is infamous as a Civil War Union POW camp, Camp Sumter. This prison was one of the largest established by the Confederacy during the Civil War and during the 14 months it was in use, over 45,000 Union soldiers were held here. Almost 13,000 of the prisoners died from disease, lack of sanitation, malnutrition, overcrowding and exposure to the elements. Although the prison only covered 26 1/2 acres, the peak number of prisoners hit 32,000 in August of 1864. After the war ended, many Northern states erected monuments here to honor their native sons lost and buried here.

Today the area is the Andersonville National Cemetery and the National Prisoner of War Museum and serves as a memorial to all American prisoners of war. Not only is the Cemetery a final resting place for those who died here but it is one of only two National Cemeteries that are classified as active and continue to bury veterans and their dependents.

Today's 1940s Curt Teich linen postcard shows five of the State Monuments at Andersonville and includes Indiana, Ohio, Iowa, Michigan and Wisconsin. This post card can be found in my Georgia listings along with 10,000 additional post cards on my website Moody's Postcards.

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