Blackshear Civil War Prison Camp

Blackshear Civil War Prison Camp Site of a Civil War prison camp in southeast Georgia In November 1864 more than 5,000 Union soldiers were brought to Blackshear, Georgia as Prisoners of War.
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Some 20 or more soldiers died during their imprisonment here. Their remains were reinterred at Beaufort National Cemetery in Beaufort National Cemetery, South Carolina. However, there is question as to whether all soldiers were reinterred to a formal burial plot.

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Deeply saddened to see this Hallowed Ground in Blackshear, Georgia be disturbed and ultimately be developed into another...
05/22/2021

Deeply saddened to see this Hallowed Ground in Blackshear, Georgia be disturbed and ultimately be developed into another housing development. We must continue question where is America headed with its lack of sensitivity toward Hallowed Ground where American soldiers bled, suffered, and died.
Another casualty of American greed.

05/17/2021

Hallowed Ground

03/12/2021

If you have stories related to the Civil War prison in Blackshear, Georgia we’d like to hear them.
Even the ghost stories of soldiers being seen roaming the prison.

02/06/2021

Today marks the 150th anniversary since the day that Father Peter Whelan passed away in 1871. Reverend Peter Whelan ministered to the Union soldiers and Confederate troops who paid allegiance to the Roman Catholic Church here at Andersonville. Father Peter Whelan’s charisma and grace made him a popular help throughout the prison.

While a Catholic Priest, Father Whelan won the sincere admiration of most prisoners, of whatever faith and even prisoners who did not subscribe to Catholicism began seeking his religious counsel. It did not take long before the number of prisoners seeking his help became too many for him to adequately attend to. Wanting to avoid neglecting the prisoner’s spiritual needs, Father Whelan sought help from his colleague, Father Claveril. Even after Father Claveril arrived to Andersonville, still, Father Whelan would spend all of his day, “on hands and knees, crawling into dugouts in order to hear confessions or administer extreme unction while laying alongside sick or dying prisoners".

Father Whelan brought comfort to the prisoners of war held captive at Andersonville during the Civil War and earned the personification of, “Angel of Andersonville”. Through illness, famine and death, Father Whelan remained dedicated to the spiritual deliverance of each man he encountered from the time of his arrival to Andersonville in June of 1864, until his departure in September of 1864.

Andersonville National Historic Site is honored to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Father Peter Whelan's death and we encourage all to recognize his selfless service to not only the prisoners of war held captive here at Andersonville, but also to many other Georgians.

ALT TEXT: A black and white sketch of five men, two limp, two laying ill and one praying.

Image Credit: ANDE NPS

-M.S.

Photos from Camp Lawton's post
01/30/2021

Photos from Camp Lawton's post

12/25/2020
Named Confederate Road. This is a core part of the original prison. Still remains to be seen if historic preservation wi...
12/13/2020

Named Confederate Road. This is a core part of the original prison. Still remains to be seen if historic preservation will take place of this Hallowed Ground where American soldiers suffered and died in 1864-1865.

Unknown soldiers buried in the Blackshear Prison camp were later reinterred after the war to Beaufort National Cemetery,...
11/06/2020

Unknown soldiers buried in the Blackshear Prison camp were later reinterred after the war to Beaufort National Cemetery, Beaufort, South Carolina.

Hallowed Ground. Some 5,000 Union soldiers camped here for several weeks being transported from Savannah and later on to...
10/29/2020

Hallowed Ground. Some 5,000 Union soldiers camped here for several weeks being transported from Savannah and later on to the Thomasville Prison Camp, and then back to Andersonville Prison.

A similar appearance of how the Blackshear Prison Camp would have appeared on the hillside on the outskirts of Blackshea...
10/03/2020

A similar appearance of how the Blackshear Prison Camp would have appeared on the hillside on the outskirts of Blackshear, Nov.-Dec. 1864.

Quite fascinating to have a member of the 69th New York pass through Blackshear, Georgia...Andersonville National Cemete...
10/03/2020

Quite fascinating to have a member of the 69th New York pass through Blackshear, Georgia...

Andersonville National Cemetery Archives:

France C. Curtis claimed that an angel appeared to him and saved his life during his imprisonment in the Civil War. This angel took the form of a “little, short, thick-set, snub-nose Irishman.” After being transferred to the Blackshear Prison Camp, Francis found himself laying near a man named Thomas Mulhern. In his memoir, Curtis wrote:

“He and two or three of his henchmen lay by very near me. I did not like the looks of the party was, in fact, a little afraid of them, and wished they were not quite so near neighbors to me. But one day, Mulhern said to me that I ought to have some flour, sweet potatoes and eggs—said he would get me more, which he did.

When we got back to Andersonville, he said he would get me what I wanted, and I could pay him then I got home. He was from New York, I from Massachusetts; he was Roman Catholic in his theological beliefs, I a Protestant; he an Irishman, I a Yankee, no tie of relationship, nothing but the bonds of comradeship—yet he gave me what I needed.

I asked him to let my friend, John E. Davis, who was taking care of me, have the same credit that I did, and he agreed to it. As a sequel to this transaction, I will add that Davis reached New York City in May 1865 and hunted up Mulhern and paid him our bill. I have his receipt for about $28. That is the last I ever heard of Thomas

Mulhern. I often think of him and wonder if he is still alive. Is he rich or is he poor? These are the questions I often think of but am unable to answer. Thomas Mulhern saved my life at Andersonville; of that I have no doubt.”

Thomas Mulhern was a member of the 69th New York. The unit was known as the “Fighting Sixty-Ninth,” a name said to have been given it by Robert E. Lee. He was captured on June 22, 1864 near Petersburg, Virginia (Petersburg National Battlefield).

Part 3 of 6
To learn more about Francis C. Curtis’ story, look for Part 4 tomorrow.

Image Description: The 69th New York was a regiment in the famous Irish Brigade. Here they attack the Stone Wall at the 1st Battle of Fredericksburg (Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania County Battlefields National Military Park) in December 1862.

The old Riggins Gas Station/Store stands on a section of the grounds of the original Civil War Prison Camp.It would make...
08/30/2020

The old Riggins Gas Station/Store stands on a section of the grounds of the original Civil War Prison Camp.

It would make a perfect Visitor Center some day.

This forest was once open fields filled with some 5,000 Union soldiers guarded by Confederate soldiers around a minimal ...
01/31/2020

This forest was once open fields filled with some 5,000 Union soldiers guarded by Confederate soldiers around a minimal perimeter. They had marched from the downtown RR station through the streets of Blackshear and to this NW outskirts of town.

Perhaps a good rendition of what the Blackshear Prison must have looked like in December 1864. Sketch subject unknown at...
12/02/2019

Perhaps a good rendition of what the Blackshear Prison must have looked like in December 1864.
Sketch subject unknown at this time..

Perhaps one of the more comparable scenes of what the prison camp in Blackshear, Georgia would have looked like in 1864.
09/29/2019

Perhaps one of the more comparable scenes of what the prison camp in Blackshear, Georgia would have looked like in 1864.

Blackshear Civil War Prison Camp
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Blackshear Civil War Prison Camp

Blackshear Civil War Prison Camp
07/18/2019

Blackshear Civil War Prison Camp

Views of this hallowed ground which was once the site of more than 5,000 Union prisoners of war and several hundred Conf...
06/01/2019

Views of this hallowed ground which was once the site of more than 5,000 Union prisoners of war and several hundred Confederate soldiers guarding them. This ground should be preserved as a historic landmark.

Situated on a sloped hill just outside the town of Blackshear, this view of Andersonville was very similar how Blackshea...
05/08/2019

Situated on a sloped hill just outside the town of Blackshear, this view of Andersonville was very similar how Blackshear appeared in November 1864..

A wonderful informative book on the American Civil War in Georgia.
03/29/2019

A wonderful informative book on the American Civil War in Georgia.

11/15/2018

John McElroy, 16th Illinois Cavalry, Company L, stated, " Pierce County as I have learned by the census report, is one of the poorest counties of a poor section of a very poor state." He added, "After leaving the cars we were marched off into the pine woods, by the side of a considerable stream, and told that this would be our camp. A heavy guard was placed around us, and a number of pieces of artillery mounted where they would command the camp. We started in to make ourselves comfortable, as at Millen, by building shanties."

Blackshear Civil War Prison Camp
11/15/2018

Blackshear Civil War Prison Camp

Blackshear Civil War Prison Camp's cover photo
10/22/2018

Blackshear Civil War Prison Camp's cover photo

Blackshear Civil War Prison Camp
09/12/2018

Blackshear Civil War Prison Camp

Views of this hallowed ground which was once the site of more than 5,000 Union prisoners of war and several hundred Confederate soldiers guarding them. This ground should be preserved as a historic landmark.

A similar appearance of how the Blackshear Prison Camp would have appeared on the hillside on the outskirts of Blackshea...
08/21/2018

A similar appearance of how the Blackshear Prison Camp would have appeared on the hillside on the outskirts of Blackshear, Nov.-Dec. 1864.

Federal soldier who was a prisoner of war at Blackshear in 1864-1865. When the war ended he was released and returned ho...
07/12/2018

Federal soldier who was a prisoner of war at Blackshear in 1864-1865. When the war ended he was released and returned home.

Blackshear Civil War Prison Camp's cover photo
07/12/2018

Blackshear Civil War Prison Camp's cover photo

The old Riggins Gas Station/Store stands on a section of the grounds of the original Civil War Prison Camp.It would make...
07/05/2018

The old Riggins Gas Station/Store stands on a section of the grounds of the original Civil War Prison Camp.

It would make a perfect Visitor Center some day.

Blackshear Civil War Prison Camp's cover photo
06/29/2018

Blackshear Civil War Prison Camp's cover photo

Blackshear Civil War Prison Camp
06/22/2018

Blackshear Civil War Prison Camp

Blackshear Civil War Prison Camp
05/20/2018

Blackshear Civil War Prison Camp

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Confederate Road (Hwy 121)
Blackshear, GA
31516

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