I am still away from home. Presently I am in Georgia and have chosen the “Numbered” square from Maria Antonia‘s bingo sheet for her #picoftheweek photo challenge.
The numbered grave markers in this photo are in the cemetery at Andersonville, the Camp Sumpter Civil War military prison where thousands died as a result of the adverse conditions.
When Dorence Atwater was there in 1864, he worked in the hospital *where he recorded the names and grave locations of the deceased. He secretly copied this list and smuggled it out when he was released. After the war he asked the War Department to publish the list but they refused. He met Clara Barton, a battlefield nurse, who was looking for missing soldiers. She was eager to help. Barton accompanied Dorence and the US Army Quartermaster expedition to Andersonville to mark the graves of the dead. Atwater’s death register, published in 1866, enabled many families to locate their loved ones. Thanks to his work, over 95 percent of the graves were identified.*
(the italicized words were lifted directly from the National Park Service’s brochure)
Over 13,000 are buried here. It remains an active veterans’ cemetery.
Maria has updated the bingo sheet with 25 new categories for April, May, and June. Check out Maria’s #2022picoftheweek to see how you can participate in this fun prompt.