Life at Lawton, described as “foul and fetid,” wasn’t much better than at Andersonville, with the exception of plentiful water from Magnolia Springs.
In its six weeks’ existence, between 725 and 1,330 men died at the prison camp. The 42-acre stockade held about 10,000 men before it was hastily closed when Union forces approached.
Monday’s announcement follows weeks of speculation that began after a locked chain-linked fence went up around the hatchery adjoining the state park.
Townspeople in nearby Millen made the secrecy part of their water cooler discussions.