Brev. Brig. Gen'l
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- Jan 7, 2013
- Long Island, NY
Today I was moving my step-son up to college at SUNY Binghamton. I decided to drive 60 miles west to Elmira to see what remains of the Union prison camp there and the National Cemetery there. I was surprised that Michele, her son Adam, and even her ex all wanted to come along. I will be posting pictures over the next few days. I wanted to begin with the recognition of the severe toll that this and other prison camps took on the inmates. Almost 3,000 of the 12,000 men imprisoned there died. The camp was only open open for a little over a year.
Below is the monument to the Confederate prisoners who died there.
I offered a prayer for the dead there, unfortunately explosive lightning strikes nearby led me to flee fairly soon, but I will post more on the cemetery, its history, and why all but seven of the Confederate dead have tombstones with their names and units on them. Leave some comments and questions and I will respond.