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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

December 24, 1864

3500 Union Prisoners Returned to Andersonville

3500 Union prisoners of war previously transferred from Camp Sumter - Andersonville prison - to Camp Lawton near Millen, then to another military prison in Thomasville, were returned to Andersonville by order of Confederate General P. G. T. Beauregard, because Millen and Thomasville were no longer secure from Union cavalry raids. In fact, one attempt had already been made to free prisoners at Camp Lawton, but they had already been moved.