20 May 2007

Andersonville Cemetary

Ok, this is Andersonville cemetary, originally a burial ground for the prisoners who dies here, it is now a National Cemetary where other veterans can be buried. 12,920 prisoners died and were buried here during the war. Above is the statue at the entrance to the cemetary. Below are two views of the prisoner burial grounds. Note how closely the tombstones are placed. This is because the prisoners were buried shoulder to shoulder in trenches. When they were buried, each was marked by a stick of wood marked with a number. A man named Dorence Atwater was given charge of keeping records of the dead, and after the war, with the help of Clara Barton, he notified the families of the dead and helped to mark the known soldiers with actual tombstones.

Below are monuments by Iowa, Connecticutt, and New Jersey.

These graves were men who had formed a raiding party inside the prison, robbing and murdering fellow prisoners. Other prisoners eventually teamed up and turned these men over to prison authorities. The raiders were hung and buried with dishonor.
Monument to prisoners in Stalag 17, Austria, during WW2. Below are monuments by Indiana, Maine, and Pennsylvania.

These are graves of unknown soldiers killed in battle in Georgia. Below is the Minnesota monument.

Monument to all the unknowns in the cemetary. Below are the New York and Illinois monuments.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Wonderful photos...I live in GA and I am going to go to this cemetery. I am from KY and my great great grandfather and his brother fought with the Union Army. Their two other brothers fought with the Confederacy.