The Prison Hospital

The Prison Hospital (HM1OCY)

Location: Andersonville, GA 31711 Macon County
Country: United States of America

N 32° 11.523', W 84° 7.903'

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Third Hospital Site

This empty field was the site of Andersonville's third and last hospital. There were two previous hospitals within nine months.

It did not take prisoners ling to realize that few patients returned. Knowing that medicines were in short supply, even the sickest men resisted going to the hospital. They preferred to die among friends and regimental comrades.

"The hospital is a tough place to be in....In some cases before a man is fairly dead, he is stripped of everything, coat, pants, shirt, finger rings (if he has any). These nurses trade to the guards."
John L. Ransom, 9th Michigan Cavalry
April 15, 1864

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(top right) The third hospital was a cluster of open, barracks-like sheds with a surrounding stockade. Historical maps pinpoint the hospital site.

(bottom right) Prison conditions were so unsanitary that the slightest scratch could provide an entry for deadly microbes. Doctors experimented with local herbs and folk remedies in a desperate attempt to combat rampant infections.
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HM NumberHM1OCY
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Placed ByNational Park Service
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Date Added Friday, October 2nd, 2015 at 9:01am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 770407 N 3565331
Decimal Degrees32.19205000, -84.13171667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 11.523', W 84° 7.903'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 11' 31.38" N, 84° 7' 54.18" W
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Area Code(s)229
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Prison Site Rd, Andersonville GA 31711, US
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