Father Peter Whelan

Father Peter Whelan (HMW79)

Location: Andersonville, GA 31711 Macon County
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Country: United States of America
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N 32° 11.799', W 84° 7.737'

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Father Peter Whelan, an Irish-born Catholic priest from Savannah, arrived at Andersonville on June 16, 1864, to minister to the sick and dying. While other priests visited for brief periods, Whelan remained for nearly four months during the hottest season and the time of highest mortality.

At the end of his stay, Whelan borrowed money to purchase ten thousand pounds of wheat flour. Baked into bread and distributed at the prison hospital, this food became known as "Whelan's bread." It lasted several months and probably saved many lives.

"By coming here he exposed himself to great danger of infection... His services were sought by all, for, in his kind and sympathizing looks, his meek but earnest appearance, the despairing prisoners read that all humanity had not forsaken mankind."
Pvt. Henry M. Davidson
1st Ohio Light Artillery

The prisoners never forgot Father Whelan. When the survivors returned home and wrote their memoirs, they often mentioned Whelan's name and works.
HM NumberHMW79
Placed ByNational Park Service
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, September 6th, 2014 at 3:45am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 770654 N 3565848
Decimal Degrees32.19665000, -84.12895000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 11.799', W 84° 7.737'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 11' 47.94" N, 84° 7' 44.22" W
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Area Code(s)229
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 205 Prison Site Rd, Andersonville GA 31711, US
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