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Marblehead in Ottawa County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Johnson's Island

Military Prison Camp

 
 
Johnson's Island Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, May 9, 2009
1. Johnson's Island Marker
Inscription. In 1861 the United States Army established a prisoner of war camp on Johnson's Island, approximately 1 mile south of this point. The camp, which housed captured Confederate officers, was maintained until 1865 when it was dismantled. The camp cemetery contains the graves of 206 men who died as a result of disease, wounds or by execution while incarcerated.
 
Erected 1974 by The Ottawa County Historical Society and the Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 2-62.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the National Historic Landmarks, and the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
 
Location. 41° 30.869′ N, 82° 44.014′ W. Marker is in Marblehead, Ohio, in Ottawa County. Marker is at the intersection of East Bay Shore Road and Gaydos Drive, on the right when traveling east on East Bay Shore Road. Click for map. This historical marker is located at the intersection of east Bay Shore Road and Gaydos Drive (Johnson Island Causeway) and is easily viewed from East Bay Shore Road, as traveling to or from Marblehead, Ohio. Marker is in this post office area: Lakeside Marblehead OH 43440, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Keeperís House (approx. 0.4 miles away);
Johnson's Island Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, May 9, 2009
2. Johnson's Island Marker
Historical marker as viewed at the corner of East Bay Shore Road and Gaydos Drive.
Home of Benajah Walcott (approx. 0.4 miles away); a different marker also named The Keeper's House (approx. 0.4 miles away); First Battle Site (approx. half a mile away); In Memory of Mason, Simonds & Mingus (approx. half a mile away); Johnson's Island Prison (approx. one mile away); Confederate Stockade Cemetery (approx. one mile away); The Johnsonís Island Committee (approx. one mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Marblehead.
 
More about this marker. This marker is not located at the actual site of the military prison camp. It is located on the mainland and the actual military prison camp is on Johnson Island, approximately 1 mile to the south. To get to the actual site of the prison one must travel south on Gaydos Drive (Johnson Island Causeway) and pay a two (2) dollar fee to cross over the Johnson Island Causeway. The only part of the prison that is open to the public is the Confederate Cemetery.
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker.
 
Also see . . .
Johnson's Island Confederate Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, May 10, 2009
3. Johnson's Island Confederate Cemetery

1. Johnson's Island Preservation Society Site. Provides details of the site and state of preservation. (Submitted on May 18, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

2. Johnson's Island Archaeology. Site discussing the archeological research done on the island. (Submitted on May 18, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

3. Johnson's Island. Civil War Confederate Prisoner of War (Submitted on May 20, 2009, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 

4. Students digging up past. Article from the Toledo Blade. (Submitted on May 20, 2009, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 1,213 times since then and 115 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on , by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.   2. submitted on , by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.   3. submitted on , by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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