Appointed by James Ward, DC at the 17th Annual Dept. Encampment
held at Pembrooke Pines on June 16th, 2012.
We Had Some Praying Men At Andersonville
Soldiers also prayed for their immediate needs, and perhaps none more earnestly than those who found themselves inside the Confederate prison camp at Andersonville, Georgia. The chief cause of many of the deaths was the foul water supply. Andersonville prisoner William N. Tyler recalled the situation: “They held nightly prayer meetings, and they prayed for water. They prayed like men that meant business, for we were all dying for the want of it. One day after one of these meetings there occurred one of the most fearful rains I ever saw. It washed out the stockade as clean as a hound's tooth. Right between the dead-line and the stockade it washed a ditch about two feet deep and a spring of cold water broke out in a stream large enough to fill a four-inch pipe. The spring is there yet, I am told, and to this day is called Providence spring. It broke out in the very best place it could for our benefit. The stockade protected it on one side from the Rebels, and the dead-line on the other side protected it from the prisoners. The fountain head was thus protected. We had good water from then on.”
Dave Acheson, DSVC
Chaplain Department of Florida
CC Camp #9 Jacksonville
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