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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

July 09, 1864

Andersonville Inmate Count Neared 30,000; Help Desperately Sought

At Camp Sumter - Andersonville prison - the number of inmates had reached close to 30,000 by this time. A message was sent to Confederate officials in Richmond desperately asking for reinforcements, claiming that the guard force at Camp Sumter was undisciplined, riddled with spies, threatening mutiny and desertion.