Stoughton Area Veterans Memorial Park: Civil War 1861-1865: Andersonville Prison

© Photographed May 5, 2018
Dedicated October 2017
Sponsored by The City of Stoughton
Stoughton, Dane County, Wisconsin
42°56'23.4"N 89°14'45.9"W
42.939842, -89.246084
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Andersonville was the most notorious prison camp of the Civil War. Following the slaughter of black Union Troops at Fort Pillow in Tennessee, President Abraham Lincoln demanded that black prisoners be treated the same as white prisoners. Confederate President Jefferson Davis refused. As a result, Lincoln ordered an end to prisoner exchanges. This meant more prisoners would be held by each side throughout the war. 
Known in the Confederacy as Camp Sumter, the Georgia-based prison was constructed by slave labor during December 1863 and January 1864. Designed to hold 10,000 prisoners, more than 20,000 had arrived by June. In August, more than 33,000 were being held there. 
In only 14 months, 12,913 prisoners died at Andersonville, mostly from malnutrition and disease. After the war, the Confederate Commander of the prison was tried and convicted of war crimes. In November 1865, he was sentenced to death and hanged.
The memorial is located at Stoughton Area Veterans Memorial Park, accessible from westbound County Highway B, at its intersection with Country Club Road, Stoughton, Wisconsin 53589.

National Park Service: Andersonville: National Historic Site: Georgia: History of the Andersonsonville Prison

 The memorial is located at Stoughton Area Veterans Memorial Park.

The memorial is located in Stoughton, Wisconsin.

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