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On July 1, the northern extension was opened to the
prisoners who subsequently tore down the original north stockade wall, then used the timbers for
fuel and building materials. By August, over 33,000 Union prisoners were held in the 26.5 acre
Due to the threat of Union raids (Sherman's troops were marching on Atlanta), General Winder ordered the building of defensive earthworks and a middle and outer stockade around the prison...
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These earthworks consisted of Star Fort located
southwest of the prison, a redoubt located northwest of the north gate, and six redans.
The middle and outer stockades were hastily constructed of unhewn pine logs set vertically in wall
trenches that were about four feet deep. The middle stockade posts projected roughly 12 feet
above the ground surface and encircled the inner prison stockade as well as the corner redans...
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