Andersonville National Historic Site


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Andersonville National Historic Site

Address:496 Cemetery Rd
Andersonville, GA 31711

Phone:229-924-0343
Fax:229-928-9640
Web: www.nps.gov/ande/
Size: 515 acres.
Established: Authorized on October 16, 1970.
Location:10 miles north of Americus, Georgia, on GA 49.
Facilities:Picnic area, rest rooms (é), visitor center (é), museum/exhibit, self-guided tour/trail, primitive campsite (available at no charge to educational and scout groups).
Activities:Guided tour, audio driving tour.
Special Features:Andersonville, or Camp Sumter as it was officially known, was one of the largest of many Confederate military prisons established during the Civil War. During the 14 months of its existence (1864-1865), more than 45,000 Union soldiers were confined here, of which nearly 13,000 died from disease, poor sanitation, malnutrition, overcrowding, or exposure to the elements. Today, Andersonville is the only park in the National Park System to serve as a memorial to all American prisoners of war throughout the nation's history. The park also features the National Prisoners of War Museum and Andersonville National Cemetery.

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The National Park Service, Brad Bennett, superintendent, Andersonville National Historic Site, (229) 924-0343 ext 105, brad_bennett@nps.
8 million National Prisoner of War Museum, a prison-like structure of slate, granite, and steel with three imposing towers, opened April 9 at the Andersonville National Historic Site near the location of the original Civil War stockade.
Following legislation that had turned the Andersonville National Historic Site over to the agency in 1970, the Park Service was working to fulfill the mission laid down for the site to serve as a memorial to all the nation's POWs.
Andersonville National Historic Site is located 10 miles north of Americus, Ga.
net, both of Rolling Thunder; or Fred Boyles, superintendent, Andersonville National Historic Site, for NPS, +1-229-924-0343, fred_boyles@nps.