Arriving at Camp Oglethorpe

As the Union POWs reached Macon in mid May, Foote says they were packed 50-60 per railroad car. The tight quarters also brought it’s own challenges. Foote was robbed of all his Confederate money while in transit aboard the train on May 15th.

It took a couple days to reach the place where Camp Oglethorpe was set up, getting there on Tuesday the 17th of May. Foote’s diary says that they were “put in an open yard without shelter, one building for [the] sick & two for Generals and Staff. . . . all of the Plymouth Officers came in the yard today.” When Foote arrived at Oglethorpe there were roughly some 2,300 Union officers imprisoned.

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