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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

December 21, 1863

Site Selected for POW Camp Near Andersonville

Confederate government official Sydney J. Winder had been searching in southwest Georgia for a location to build a prison of war camp - far from the battlefields and where supplies would hopefully be more available. On this day he selected a spot in Sumter County and issued an order for construction to begin on Camp Sumter. That was its official name, but it would soon come to be known by the name of the nearby town - Andersonville.