Hi Gypsy Road readers! Are you ready to take another trip through Georgia? Today I'm going to take you to Andersonville! In 1864 a very sad and horrible event happened here. Andersonville, also known as Camp Sumter, was where 45,000 Union soldiers were imprisoned. This was four times the capacity of what it should have been! Of those 45,000 nearly 13,000 died from scurvy, dysentery, or diarrhea.
Andersonville was commanded by Major Henry Wirz. Wirz was later tried and executed for war crimes. To find out more about Major Wirz click the link above.
Providence Spring is a fresh water spring that was formed in 1864! It is still there. The website I linked to says that the spring formed by divine intervention. The park rangers told us that there was a storm and lightning struck the ground forming the spring. The divine intervention story could work too though!
Prisoners made shelters to protect themselves from the elements. Prisoners that tried to escape or rebel were put in the stocks.
To see photos from when Andersonville was in use click here.