Camp Sumter was better known as Andersonville Prison, named after the nearest town. Over 13,000 prisoners died at the camp. The prison covered 26 acres on which 45,000 Union soldiers were held with no housing, a bad water supply, and toxic hygienic conditions. The primary causes of death were from diarrhea, dysentery, scurvy, hunger, and exposure. The prison opened in 1864 at a time when the Confederacy was weakened, resulting in a lack of food and supplies for the inmates. Confederate Commandant Henry Wirz was tried after the war on charges of conspiracy and murder. He was found guilty and hanged on November 10, 1865. In 1890 the Grand Army of the Republic bought the site and donated it to the federal government.
This Andersonville Prison – Camp Sumter mug is part of our Civil War series profiling participants in the War Between the States. Thousands of Confederate and Union soldiers fought in battles such as Bull Run, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Vicksburg, Chattanooga, Cold Harbor and Petersburg. We honor their sacrifices by telling their stories.
The biographical History Mugs were created to teach and inspire individuals to learn about our diverse and interesting history. The biographies were researched and written by history enthusiast, Robert Compton. He colorized most of the historic photos and images used on the mugs, which were originally black and white or sepia tone. The images and biographies are imprinted on mugs at his studio in rural Vermont.
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