Created 1-Sep-12
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Here are some photos we took at the Johnson's Island Confederate Cemetery.
Johnson's Island is located just off of Marblehead, Ohio.  In the fall of 1861, it became the site of a Civil War Prisioner of War Depot.(April 22, 2007)© Carolyn S. Murray 2007We came across many graves of Tennessee soldiers, which held particular interest to me, since my family is from that area and many of my ancestors fought in the Civil War.(April 22, 2007)© Carolyn S.This is the grave of Lt. B. C. Harp of Company 1, 25 Tennessee Infantry.(April 22, 2007)© Carolyn S. Murray 2007Over it's history as a Civil War camp (from 1861 to 1865), Johnson's Island held more than 9,000 prisoners. (April 22, 2007)© Carolyn S. Murray 2007This is the grave of Jno (John) C. Holt, Lt. in Comany C of the 61st Tennessee infantry.(April 22, 2007)© Carolyn S. Murray 2007There were 26 Confederate generals and future generals imprisoned on the island.  Major General Isaac Trimble stayed the longest (14 months), while Major General "Allegheny" Ed Johnson stayed only twoOf the many attempts to escape the island, only 13 are known to have been successful.  Most attempts were made by deception -- simply dressing like a guard, finding a way out of the prison stockadge aThe Confederate cemetery holds the remains of more than 200 men who were imprisioned on the island.(April 22, 2007)© Carolyn S. Murray 2007The cemetery is located right on the shores of Lake Erie. (April 22, 2007)© Carolyn S. Murray 2007The Daughters of the Confederacy erected this memorial in 1910.  It was sculpted by Sir Moses Ezekiel.(April 22, 2007)© Carolyn S. Murray 2007The first white settler to own the island was Epaproditas Bull.  He purchased it in 1813, but died of disease before he could inhabit it.  His descendants sold it to Leonard B. Johnson in 1852.  JohnsTreatment of the POWs varied between bearable to insufferable.  Prisoners in 1862 and most of 1863 were treated decently.  However, in 1864, the War Department cut rations in half and severly limitedThere are many graves in the cemetery simply marked "Unknown."(April 22, 2007)© Carolyn S. Murray 2007In the spring of 1865, when the prisoners realized the war was almost over, many signed a Union Oath of Allegiance and gained early release from the camp.(April 22, 2007)© Carolyn S. Murray 2007This is the grave of D. D. Kellar, a private in the 23rd Tennessee Cavalary.(April 22, 2007)© Carolyn S. Murray 2007If you ever have an opportunity to visit the cemetery at Johnson's Island (the cemetery is the only thing on the island open to the public, btw), you should definitely visit the Marblehead lighthouseAnd Cedar Point is visible just across the lake.(April 22, 2007)© Carolyn S. Murray 2007And, you might just spot a seagull or two!(April 22, 2007)© Carolyn S. Murray 2007

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