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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

November 17, 1864

Camp Lawton Abandoned

Anticipating the arrival of Union forces, Confederate authorities abandoned the large stockade for Union prisoners known as Camp Lawton just north of Millen, Georgia. The stockade had been built 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 in early October until its abandonment on this day.