World of Lost Spirits

World of Lost Spirits (HM1OD0)

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

N 32° 11.687', W 84° 7.808'

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When the inner gates swung open, new prisoners had their first vision of life inside. The noise, the stench, the crowd of emaciated men desperate for news, must have been overwhelming.

New arrivals were known as "fresh fish." Anything of value—money, buttons, clothing—might be conned or stolen from them. Even worse was the sight of other prisoners; in those skeletal forms and lifeless eyes, a new prisoner could foresee his own fate.

"Once exclaimed: 'Is this hell?' Verily, the great mass of gaunt, unnatural-looking beings, soot-begrimed, and clad in filthy tatters, that we saw stalking about inside this pen looked, indeed, as if they might belong to a world of lost spirits."
W.B. Smith, 14th Illinois Infantry
October 9, 1864.

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Directly ahead stretched "Market Street," the only defined path through the jumble of shelters. Food wagons stopped there, prisoners had bartering sites, and prison merchants set up stalls in a pathetic parody of a commercial street.

Issuing rations to 33,0000 prisoners, August 1864
HM NumberHM1OD0
Placed ByNational Park Service
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, October 2nd, 2015 at 9:02am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)31N E 166021 N 0
Decimal Degrees32.19478333, -84.13013333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 11.687', W 84° 7.808'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 11' 41.22" N, 84° 7' 48.48" W
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Area Code(s)229
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Prison Site Rd, Andersonville GA 31711, US
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