Civil War Records
Letter to R. Miller Describing Civil War Soldier Headstone at Sumter, Georgia. Envelope addressed to R. Miller Esq. sent from "Ex Visitor" Summer Resort, Andersonville "Bull Pen," Frank W. Smith. Two page letter from National Cemetery Sumter, GA. One page of letter describes a headstone at the cemetery. 9786 No. of Grave, Sep 26 - 64 Died. Size of headstones: 18" above ground, 12" wide and 4" think. Memorial Day at Andersonville, 1884 story on backside of letter. Field relic Flag with "9786" written in center. Postcard bird's eye view of Andersonville Prison, history on back. The village of Andersonville in Sumter County, Georgia was home to a prison for Union soldiers during the Civil War. The prison was given the name Camp Sumter. During the 15 months during which Andersonville was operated, almost 13,000 Union prisoners died there of malnutrition, exposure, and disease. After the war ended, the plot of ground near the prison where nearly 13,000 Union soldiers had been buried was administered by the United States government as a National Cemetery. Andersonville National Historic Site is the only park in the National Park System to serve as a memorial to all American prisoners of war. Number of sheets: 5