Brev. Brig. Gen'l
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- Jan 7, 2013
- Long Island, NY
The Library of Congress website has this really nice map of Elmira Prison drawn by a Confederate who had been imprisoned there. I recommend that you go to the site to blow up the map and explore it. It contains both hand written and typed explanatory notes. You can find it here:
The map was likely completed after the war and watercolors are used to "color-code" the map. From the LOC:
"Map made by David J. Coffman, born in 1839 in Luray, [Page] County, Va. Served in Co. D., 7th Virginia Calvary (sic). This map made while he was a prisoner of war at Elmira, N.Y., Military Prison."- Accompanied by a copy of Coffman's Civil War service record (22 x 28 cm.), stating he enlisted Apr. 1, 1862 in Luray, Virginia, was captured May 20, 1864, in Bowling Green, Virginia, and released June 27, 1865, Elmira, New York.