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This very large granite memorial honors the 767 soldiers from the Commonwealth who lost their lives in Andersonville. The memorial of Quince granite is 14 feet tall and sits on a base 10 feet by 7 feet wide. The monument was designed by William A. Richards and it was built by John Thompson and Sons of Quincy, Massachusetts. On the polished center piece are raised letters stating: “Erected by the Commonwealth in Memory of Her Sons Who Died in Andersonville, 1864-1865.” On the upper keystone it reads “Death Before Dishonor “ on the front and on the back the number who perished. The monument is topped by a polished ball two foot ball.

[Much of the information is from “Andersonville Monuments” Compiled by Bill Burnett, 2000. Available in the gift shop at the Andersonville National Historic Site Visitors Center.]

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