The Andersonville Prison was occupied by innumerable soldiers, much more than the camp was designed for, and because of that many men had inadequate shelter. The prison was built to only house ten thousand people, but ended up holding more than three times that amount (Turner 162). Nonetheless, four hundred new prisoners arrived daily, and by the time summer ended, the camp contained thirty-three thousand citizens, which made Andersonville the fifth largest city in the Confederacy (Davis 351; Savage 43). Forty-nine thousand and five hundred Union troops had passed through the camp’s gates by the time the war ended (Hyde 131). At any
given time, anybody could find around fifteen thousand men without any kind of shelter (Davis 352). Since the Confederate government did not prepare living quarters for the prisoners, the captives had to learn to make...
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...etheless, over a hundred men died per day due to lack of nourishment, healthcare, and even suicide by purposefully crossing the deadline causing the mortality rate to be twenty-nine percent (Davis 352; Savage 45; Turner 162).
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