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This Day in Georgia History

November 17, 1864

Camp Lawton Abandoned

Anticipating the arrival of Sherman’s forces, Confederate authorities abandoned the large stockade for Union prisoners known as Camp Lawton just north of Millen, Georgia. The stockade had been built in 1864 to relieve overcrowding at Andersonville. Encompassing 42 acres, it was considered the largest prison stockade in the world. Camp Lawton only operated briefly, from its opening on October 10, 1864 until its abandonment on November 17.