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Canons and Corpses

 
 
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By Dale Nichols, July 13, 2008
1. Canons and Corpses Marker
Inscription. Big guns on the hill deterred riots - in the over crowded prison encampment to your left. Few escaped, most died of starvation, dysentery, and disease. In total about 1,000 perished. The cemetery, now empty, was to your right where trees grow today.
 
Erected by St. Catherine's Middle School.
 
Location. 37° 31.787′ N, 77° 27.076′ W. Marker is in Richmond, Virginia. Click for map. Belle Island can be reached by crossing a foot bridge over the James River, in Richomnd, VA. There is no vehicle access tot he public. A bypass for US Highway 1 301 now runs directly over the prison yard where the Federal prisoners were kept. Marker is in this post office area: Richmond VA 23224, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Cannon over the Camp (within shouting distance of this marker); Ironworks Oil House (within shouting distance of this marker); Belle Isle Rolling Milling and Slitting Manufactory (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Historic Belle Isle (about 500 feet away); Native American Fishing (about 500 feet away); The Power of Moving Water
Canons and Corpses Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale Nichols
2. Canons and Corpses Marker
Photo shows the POW yard where Federal prisoners were held. Also visible is the overpass for Interstate I-95.
(about 600 feet away); Belle Isle Prison Camp Monument (about 600 feet away); Civil War POW Camp (about 600 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Richmond.
 
Also see . . .
1. Belle Isle Civil War Prison Camp. By 1863, 10,000 men were housed in an area intended for 3,000. (Submitted on December 1, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

2. Belle Island Prison. Civil War Richmond page. Offers links to photos and other source material about the prison. (Submitted on December 1, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Additional keywords. Belle Island, POW, prisoner of war, Richmond.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Canons and Corpses Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale Nichols
3. Canons and Corpses Marker
Former graveyard where Federal POW's were buried. The granite stones are arranged in the shape of a cross. All remains were removed after the war and the soldiers reburied in Federal cemeteries.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Dale Nichols of Newport News, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,131 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Dale Nichols of Newport News, Virginia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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