Andersonville Prison, Georgia, Southwest View of Stockade
Date August 17, 1864
Artist:Andrew Jackson Riddle, American, 1829 - 1897
Dimensions Overall, Image: 3 1/8 × 4 5/8 in. (7.9 × 11.7 cm) Overall, Support: 6 5/16 × 7 7/8 in. (16 × 20 cm) Overall, Mat: 16 1/16 × 19 15/16 in. (40.8 × 50.6 cm)
Medium Albumen print
Credit Line Gift of David L. Hack and Museum purchase, with funds from Walter P. Chrysler, Jr., by exchange
Description The David L. Hack Civil War Photography Collection. A photograph of Andersonville Prison, Georgia. Appears to be an uneven field filled with crowded tents. Along the right side of the photo runs a post and rail fence. "South-west view of Stockade. Showing the Dead Line. Thirty-three Thousand Prisoners in Bastile. August 17th 1864." This is from _Gardner's Photographic Sketchbook of the War_ (Hack Collection No. 2].
Exhibition History"Civil War Photographs from the David L. Hack Collection and Civil War Redux: Pinhole Photographs by Willie Anne Wright," Alice R. and Sol B. Frank Photo Galleries, Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, VA, February 3 - October 29, 2006; Cape Fear Museum, Wilmington, NC, February 15 - May 28, 2007; Huntington Museum of Art, Huntington, WV, July 26 - September 21, 2008
Object Label A.J. Riddle American (1828-1897) Andersonville Prison, Georgia, South-west View of Stockade, Showing the Dead Line, August 17, 1864 Albumen print on A.J. Riddle mount 98.32.269 A light fence known as "the Dead Line" was erected approximately 19-25 feet inside the stockade wall, to demarcate a no-man's land keeping the prisoners away from the wall. Anyone crossing this line was immediately shot by sentries posted at intervals around the stockade wall. Edited By: DS Edited Date: 01/2006
Object Number 98.32.269