Columbia Military Prison
This drawing was done by
Lieutenant Ole Rasmussen Dahl,
Infantry, "The Scandinavian Regiment", Camp Sorghum, Columbia, S. C., fall of
This litho is contained in the Special Collections & Archives Division, Robert
W. Woodruff Library Emory University, Atlanta, GA 30322-2870. While its
preparer is unknown, it is similiar to others done by Lt Dahl and represents a
view of the camp and its guards. Lack of security features are obvious and
general lack of facilities. I am not sure how accurate it is since it appears
to have some rolling hills, not a feature of the land that accounts have it
built. The plot was described as a flat plot of scrub pines which fits into th
topography of the land in the area. But features otherwise noted such as the
"dead line", fairly solid line of guards standing post, and rough "housing"
available for both POWs and guards are obvious. The guards are failry well
dressed so must have been the Georgia troops rather than the South Carolina
State Troops who were what they brought into service.
Another a post war drawing of one of the best accomdations that some handy
Union officers were able to put together to shelter themselves, artist not
known to me.
Another a post war drawing of one of the gurads and general terrain, artist not known to me.
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inclusion in the resources of the South Carolina Archives. If you have any
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