Florence Nat'l Cemetery & the Florence Stockade

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The Florence Stockade was established in September 1864 to house Union prisoners who had been moved from Andersonville in Georgia to avoid Gen. William T. Sherman's campaigns there. By most accounts, conditions in Florence were little better than at the infamous Georgia camp and an estimated 2,800 prisoners (of approximately 15,00018,000) died here. Most of the dead are buried in the National Cemetery established nearby. The Florence Stockade was closed in February 1865. A 1.9-mile walking trail at the historic prison site covers important features of the stockade. A kiosk at the beginning of the trail (at the end of Stockade Road, south of the cemetery) features markers explaining the site's history and the life of prisoners and guards.

Address: 803 E National Cemetery Road
Florence, South Carolina  29526
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Created 8/25/2014

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