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John S. Carter

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Was on a two week road trip and made a stop here for the first time. I'm surprised I didn't run into bdtex along the way since it looks like we hit some of the same spots.

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May one ask as to the reason that women are on the brick wall of this monument.Are that to depict civilians because I have not read of women prisoners at Andersonville. Are there any monuments to Southern soldiers who were at Union POW camps who endured the same treatment as these Union soldiers?
 

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May one ask as to the reason that women are on the brick wall of this monument.Are that to depict civilians because I have not read of women prisoners at Andersonville. Are there any monuments to Southern soldiers who were at Union POW camps who endured the same treatment as these Union soldiers?
Good question. I guess I thought it represented loss of the loved ones.
 
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I don't mean to give them more recognition than they deserve but this photo may help locate their position within this sprawling cemetery. I thought they were almost under a tree; you can see in @bdtex photo that they are close.

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Originally, the graves in the section to the right were not there. They were filled in as more and more prisoners died. The graves at the time the raiders were hanged were just past that monument on the far right.
 

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Women POW's At Andersonville

Andersonville Prison in Georgia is famous for its brutal living conditions. Here are the abbreviated stories of three known women prisoners who were imprisoned in Andersonville.

One soldier, who was not discovered to be a woman until after her death, is buried in a grave marked with “Unknown”. I can’t help but wonder who this woman was. Did her family know she fought in the war? Was she missed?

The second, Florena Budwin, (it’s unknown if this is her real name) decided she didn’t want her husband to go to war alone. So, she dressed as a man and enlisted. It is believed that Florena’s husband was killed in battle, though there is speculation that he died in Andersonville by the hand of the guards. Regardless, Florena was captured and sent to Andersonville. She kept her identity hidden during her stay. It’s unknown why she decided to remain in disguise, had she told the truth she would’ve probably been released. Florena died after being transferred to Florence Stockade in Florence, SC. She was only twenty years old.

The third, Janie Hunt, married Captain Harry Hunt in the New England area. After their wedding the bride and groom, along with their wedding guests, boarded Captain Hunt’s boat for a short pleasure cruise. After a few hours, a Federal revenue cutter stopped the vessel and ordered Captain Hunt to pick up a load of corn in North Carolina. For whatever reason, all stayed aboard and sailed to North Carolina. While picking up the corn, Confederates seized the ship. The wedding guests were soon released but the new Mrs. Hunt chose to stay with her husband in hopes he’d soon be set free. Her hopes were dashed when she learned her new husband would be sent to the new prison, Andersonville. Janie Hunt was allowed, after much begging and bribing, to dress as a man and accompany her husband to prison. To help conceal her identity, the newlyweds made camp in a far corner of the open prison yard. upon their arrival to Andersonville, Janie was four months pregnant. After giving birth to a baby boy in the couple’s tent, the prison doctor heard the cry of the baby and the family was discovered. The doctor took pity on the young Hunt family and arranged for Janie and her son to stay at a local farmer’s home close to the prison. The doctor also made Captain Hunt his assistant and therefore kept him safe through the war.

Women POW's of the Civil War
 
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May one ask as to the reason that women are on the brick wall of this monument.Are that to depict civilians because I have not read of women prisoners at Andersonville. Are there any monuments to Southern soldiers who were at Union POW camps who endured the same treatment as these Union soldiers?
My notes are kind of sketchy, but I think the unknown woman prisoner that Scone wrote about is in grave #101.

If you're talking about the brick wall up by the Museum, the National POW Museum is dedicated to American prisoners from all wars, and there have been female POWs in recent conflicts. Jessica Lynch is the first one to come to mind.
 

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It would depend on when it went up I would say … Ask the park regardless what ever path it is its moving .. as the others … Its more part of the National POW Museum which attached to Andersonville … Visit wont be disappointed... Wish the 80 acres of hell at Camp Douglas could be viewed
 

John S. Carter

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My notes are kind of sketchy, but I think the unknown woman prisoner that Scone wrote about is in grave #101.

If you're talking about the brick wall up by the Museum, the National POW Museum is dedicated to American prisoners from all wars, and there have been female POWs in recent conflicts. Jessica Lynch is the first one to come to mind.
 


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