Andersonville Prison was a place I have always longed to visit. But nothing could have prepared me for it. If you ever are anywhere near Georgia, please go and see it.
Description from Encarta*: Andersonville Prison, military stockade of the Confederate Army during the American Civil War (1861-1865). Located near Andersonville, Georgia, the prison was used to confine captured Union soldiers. Nearly 50,000 prisoners were detained at Andersonville in 1864 and 1865. More than 13,700 prisoners died in confinement. Exposure to the elements—together with inadequate food, impure water, congestion, and filth—led to epidemics of scurvy and dysentery. In 1865 the superintendent of the prison, Major Henry Wirz, was tried by a United States military court, convicted of murder, and hanged. [northern prisons we're any better]