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Where was and what was Andersonville?


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April 09, 2008 5:17PM

Near the town of Andersonville in southwest Georgia It was a horrible Civil War Prison Camp there was open-air stockade, enclosed by 20 foot-high log walls, grew to 26 acres, but remained horribly overcrowded and conditions became more and more intolerable. Running in the middle of the camp was a stagnant, befouled stream, absurdly named Sweet Water Branch, used as a sewer as well as for drinking and bathing. There were no barracks; prisoners were forbidden to construct shelters, and while some did erect tents and flimsy lean-tos, most were left fully exposed to the elements. Medical treatment was virtually nonexistent. Sounds like HELL! Nearly 13000 died there.......