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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

May 26, 1864

Polluted Creek at Andersonville

Reports from Camp Sumter - Andersonville prison - to Confederate officials in Richmond indicated that while Commander Henry Wirz was an efficient officer, the polluted stockade creek at Camp Sumter was unfit for drinking and bathing, with the water current of insufficient force to remove wastes from the feces laden creek bed - further exacerbating the already overwhelming problem of controlling disease among the prisoners.