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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

August 21, 1864

Union Official Suggested Leaving Prisoners at Andersonville

A Union General appointed by the United States War Department to investigate military prison conditions in the South, reported to Federal headquarters that the wisest course of action would be to allow Union prisoners of war to remain confined at Andersonville, and not to initiate a prisoner exchange - not good news for the over 30,000 Union prisoners living in squalid conditions inside the stockade at Andersonville.

Image of Union Prisoners of War at Andersonville, August 1864
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