The New Prison Depot for Yankees.
--From all accounts it would seem that Camp Sumter, on the Southwestern Railroad, in Georgia
, is destined in point of magnitude to become the Camp Chase
of the Confederacy
A correspondent of the Macon Telegraph
says of it:
In returning from Americus
on yesterday, I stopped for a short time to examine the camp, and was kindly shown around by the officers.
The enclosure is a parallelogram of eighteen acres, through the centre of which runs a clear, beautiful stream, with gently sloping hills on either side.
The stockade is composed of hewn pine logs, 2.
feet long, with 6 feet in the ground.
They are very closely set together, as well as strongly set in the trenches.
A large bakery has been erected just outside the stockade.
It is made of brick, and capable of making, at one time, near two thousand pounds of bread.
The stockade is not completed.
A sentinel walk is to be placed around near the top of the stockade.
The encampment for officers and men is on the hill near the south end of the enclosure.
The grounds have been enlarged from the original design, and will accommodate twelve thousand prisoners--There are to be two regiments stationed there to guard them.
Col. A. W. Parsons
is at present in command of our troops.
There are four hundred prisoners at the camp.
In company with some of the officers, we walked among them and conversed with some.
As a general thing they looked haggard, and their physical liabillments were decidedly of the "earth earthy."