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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

May 13, 1864

Andersonville Population Grew, Security Weakened

At Camp Sumter (Andersonville prison), the number of inmates had grown to 18,000; they were guarded by only 1,200 troops. Yet on this day Secretary of War James A. Seddon transferred several Confederate regiments from Camp Sumter to combat duty in Atlanta, to prepare for its defense against General William T. Sherman in the Atlanta Campaign, but weakening the security of Andersonville.