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The forty-nine foot tall Ohio monument is the tallest in the Andersonville Historic park and one of the earliest added in the prison area of the historic site. The obelisk sits on a square base on whose sides are carved the seal of Ohio, the seal of the U.S., the phrase “Death Before Dishonor” and on the front face honors the 1055 Ohioans who died at Andersonville. Unfortunately the front inscription misspells the camp name as “Camp Sumpter.” The monument was built by the Hughes Granite and Marble Company of Hyde, Ohio and is composed entirely of Barre Granite and is flawless.
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[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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