South Carolina – Florence County

From Gowen Manuscript:

The Associated Press on March 2, 2002 released an article on the Florence Stockade, a Confederate prison camp used during the Civil War to hold Union prisoners. An excerpt follows:
“Along a road near a honky-tonk and a cluster of trailers sits an overgrown farm field and a little-noticed granite monument.

For a few months late in the Civil War, this ground was a prison for 16,000 Union troops. Many were hastily sent here after Union Gen. Sherman captured Atlanta and Confederates moved prisoners from Georgia’s infamous Andersonville prison.

In many ways, the camp known as the Florence Stockade was the worst prison of the Confederacy with prisoners living in holes and using a tiny stream simultaneously for drinking and sanitary purposes. In the camp’s mere six-month existence from late 1864 to early 1865, some 2,800 men died from malnutrition and disease.”


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