Thomasville Prison Camp
Thomasville, GA

Photos/text courtesy of Shane Higgins, Chelsea, AL

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1. Thomasville Prison Camp: Sherpa Guides
2. Blackshear Prison Camp

3. Civil War Prison Camp marker: Historical Marker Database
4. Thomasville Prisoner of War Camp
5. New Georgia Encyclopedia: Civil War Prisons

(2009) Enlarge Under pressure from Sherman rolling through north Georgia....prisoners from Andersonville were sent to Thomasville GA by train and placed at this site until Dec when marched back to Albany and by train to Andersonville

Marker: Confederate authorities, fearing a raid on Andersonville by Sherman’s marching army, chose Andersonville as a safe, temporary prison camp. Five thousand Federal prisoners were brought here on the Atlantic and Gulf Railroad Line via Blackshear in the second week of December 1864. Colonel Henry Forno commanded the 2nd and 4th Georgia Reserves and the prison camp. The camp was a five acre square bounded by a ditch six to eight feet deep, ten to twelve feet wide. Several hundred prisoners died of smallpox, typhoid fever, diarrhea, and a few from trees felled for firewood and shelter. Some sick prisoners were cared for at the Methodist Church and at Fletcher Institute. The dead were buried in the Methodist Cemetery. Local citizens helped the sick and provided prisoners with food. With Sherman settled at Savannah the emergency camp at Thomasville closed. The prisoners were marched sixty miles to Albany and entrained for Andersonville where they arrived on December 24, 1864

(2009) Enlarge Walking up to the site and the remaining moat



(2009) Enlarge The moat and site where stockade was placed - you can see in the background where the moat turns and leads into Pic #4

(2009) Enlarge From the street behind - A private residence sits in the central part of the prison site. Only 2 of the 4 sides of the moat remain as the city built on half the site

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