This Day in Georgia Civil War History
November 24, 1863
Confederate Official Wanted POW Camp in South Georgia
The Confederate Secretary of War ordered an official to meet with Georgia Governor Joseph E. Brown, for the purpose of selecting a spot in the area around Americus, Georgia to establish a prisoner of war camp. This camp would be officially named Camp Sumter, but would become infamous under the name Andersonville. To illustrate the problem of prisoners then being housed in Virginia, the Confederate Union of Milledgeville printed an item detailing the numbers.