Disease, Starvation & Death: Personal Accounts of Camp Lawton

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Camp Lawton was the largest prisoner of war camp constructed during the American Civil War. Built to replace Andersonville, at 42 acres it was almost twice the size of that more notorious prison. Confederate plans called for Camp Lawton to house up to 40,000 Union prisoners. Only just over 10,000 prisoners were captive there when Sherman's March to the Sea forced its evacuation. This book is the only work ever published which focuses entirely on Camp Lawton. It contains over a dozen eyewitness accounts, most of ...
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Camp Lawton was the largest prisoner of war camp constructed during the American Civil War. Built to replace Andersonville, at 42 acres it was almost twice the size of that more notorious prison. Confederate plans called for Camp Lawton to house up to 40,000 Union prisoners. Only just over 10,000 prisoners were captive there when Sherman's March to the Sea forced its evacuation. This book is the only work ever published which focuses entirely on Camp Lawton. It contains over a dozen eyewitness accounts, most of them long out of print, by Union soldiers held prisoner there. It also includes a short overview of the history of Camp Lawton and the "Roll of Honor", "names of the soldiers removed from Lawton National Cemetery to Beaufort National Cemetery." Camp Lawton is now on the site of Magnolia Springs State Park, where the editor is employed. For more information on Camp Lawton or Magnolia Springs State Park please visit http://www.gastateparks.org/info/magspr/ or call 478-982-1660.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781411680500
  • Publisher: Lulu.com
  • Publication date: 10/28/2008
  • Pages: 154
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.36 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2006

    Only History of Camp Lawton

    This book, edited by the Manager of Magnolia Springs State Park in Millen, Georgia, is a sort of compendium of the Confederate prison camp known as Camp Lawton. It includes a short history of the prison camp, a list of the known prisoners who died there (294 of the 685 are unknown) along with their state and regiment number and five pages of illustrations. The main portion of the book consists of reminiscences of prisoners who were actually captive at Camp Lawton (there are 13 of these). Camp Lawton was built to replace the better known Confederate prison at Andersonville. General John H. Winder, Commandant of all Confederate Prisons east of the Mississippi, made his headquarters there. After the war Captain D.W. Vowles, who was in charge of the Millen facility was charged with war crimes. He was never tried and disappeared from history. This is the only book ever published which deals exclusively with the little known Southern prison.

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