Florence National Cemetery and the Florence Stockade Site


Prisoner dead at Florence National Cemetery

803 E National Cemetery Road, Florence SC 29506

The Florence Stockade was established in September 1864 to house Union prisoners who had been moved from Andersonville in Georgia to avoid Gen. William T. Sherman's campaigns there. By most accounts, conditions in Florence were little better than at the infamous Georgia camp and an estimated 2,800 prisoners (of approximately 15,000–18,000) died here. Most of the dead are buried in the National Cemetery established nearby. The Florence Stockade was closed in February 1865. The prison site is a short distance southeast on Stockade Road. A 1.9-mile walking trail at the historic prison site covers the important features. A kiosk at the beginning of the trail (at the end of Stockade Road, south of the cemetery) features markers explaining the site's history and the life of prisoners and guards.

Both open daylight hours. Free.

843-669-8783 (Cemetery)