Andersonville National Historic Site was designated by the U.S. Congress as a memorial to all POWs in American history. Park programs interpret the accounts of other Civil War POW camps, both North and South.
Names and locations of prisons in Illinois used during the Civil War. One is Rock Island, constructed 1863, which is one of the largest and most notorious prison camps in the North. Almost 2000 Confederate soldiers were buried here.
Explicit details of the trial of Captain Henry Wirz, Commandant of one of the most infamous Civil War prison camps - Andersonville.
On September 3rd, 1862 at the age of 25, Bernard McKnight enlisted in the Union Army (Massachusetts 3rd Cavalry) and would go to fight in America's Civil War, a conflict of which he probably had little understanding.
The first prisoners arrived at the Alton Federal Military Prison on February 9, 1862. During the next three years, over 11,764 Confederate prisoners would pass through its gates.
In the two years during which the camp was in operation, August, 1863, to June, 1865, Point Lookout overflowed with inmates, surpassing its intended capacity of 10,000 to a population numbering between 12,500 and 20,000. In all, over 50,000 men, both military and civilian, were held prisoner there.
One of the darker sides of the Civil War was the fate of those people, men and some women, captured and taken prisoner in the line of duty. This site is dedicated to the memories of all our ancestors whose lives were touched by these dark places.
Now known as Fort Delaware State Park, the fort not only still exists, it is very much as it was when it held over 40,000 Confederate, Federal and civilian political prisoners. Will conduct search for individual prisoners upon request.
Dedicated to the 11,000 lives were lost at Point Lookout yet not accounted for.
Deals with the infamous Civil War Prison camp located in Elmira, NY.