The Georgia Trust

2014 PLACES IN PERIL: BLACKSHEAR PRISON CAMP, BLACKSHEAR, PIERCE COUNTY

THE STORY
The Blackshear Prison Camp was established in 1864 as a prisoners of war station for Union soldiers during the Civil War. The camp housed more than 5,000 inmates transferred between nearby Millen and Andersonville to avoid potential liberation by Sherman's forces. Records indicate that many soldiers perished in this prison camp, and 20 bodies were later recovered and reinterred at Beaufort National Cemetery.

THE THREAT
The property is currently zoned for residential use, and several houses have been constructed over a portion of the original camp throughout the past ten years. The remaining undeveloped portion of the site is currently privately owned and unprotected from development.

THE STRATEGY
Partner with the City of Blackshear and other interested parties including the Pierce County Historical Society to promote the historical value of the property while creating a long range plan for the former prison grounds.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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