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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

October 30, 1864

Georgia POW Paroled and Exchanged

A Georgia private was paroled from the Union prison at Point Lookout, MD on this day; he would be exchanged at Venus Point on the Savannah River, with his part in the war finished. This was an example of a number of prisoners being paroled and exchanged - primarily those wounded or too sick to continue fighting. Wholesale exchanges of healthy prisoners were not taking place - as the Union military leadership did not want them released to again fight for the Confederacy. This policy was largely responsible for the overcrowded conditions at Confederate military prisons like Camp Sumter - Andersonville prison, and Camp Lawton near Millen, Georgia.