Close to the "DeadóLine" at Andersonville
The officers in charge of this prison lived in constant dread of an
uprising among the prisoners. At one time less than twenty-three hundred
effectives, almost all of them raw militia and generally inefficient, were
guarding thirty-two thousand prisoners. The order to shoot without
hesitation any prisoner crossing the ďdead-line," which was maintained in
all stockade prisons North and South, was a matter of vital necessity here
when the prisoners so far outnumbered the guards. This condition of affairs
is what gave rise to the famous order of General J. H. Winder for the
battery of artillery on duty at Andersonville to open on the stockade should
notice be received that any approaching Federal forces from Sherman's army
were within seven miles.
page 175 in 1911 book
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