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Cahaba in Dallas County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

Civil War Prison

 
 
Civil War Prison Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tim Carr, August 15, 2009
1. Civil War Prison Marker
Inscription. In 1858, the railroad company graded away an Indian mound that stood here. A brick warehouse was built in its place. From 1863 - 1865 the Confederate government used this warehouse to hold captured Federal Soldiers. You are standing on a pile of brick rubble from this structure.

This official 1864 diagram helped archaeologists identify the actual prison site. Carefully excavated clues revealed that a proposed extension to the stockade was actually built.

If you follow the brick rubble at your feet, you can walk the perimeter of the prison. It held 3000 men but only measured 200 by 125 feet!
 
Location. 32° 18.984′ N, 87° 5.76′ W. Marker is in Cahaba, Alabama, in Dallas County. Marker can be reached from Capitol Avenue near Vine Street. Click for map. In a park area at the end of Capitol Avenue. About 100 yards southeast of the Cahaba First State Capital stone marker. Marker is in this post office area: Orrville AL 36767, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A Prison Chimney? (here, next to this marker); Major Hiram Solon Hanchett (here, next to this marker); Castle Morgan & Jesse Hawes (here, next to this marker); Footprint of a Church
Civil War Prison Marker and Site image. Click for full size.
By Tim Carr, August 15, 2009
2. Civil War Prison Marker and Site
(about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Vine Street (about 400 feet away); Commissary - R.R. Depot (about 400 feet away); Cahaba First State Capital (about 400 feet away); Alabama's First Statehouse (about 500 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Cahaba.
 
More about this marker. Marker located on the west side of the Chimney.
 
Also see . . .  Old Cahawba, "Alabama's most famous Ghost Town". (Submitted on September 23, 2009, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama.)
 
Categories. Antebellum South, USRailroads & StreetcarsSettlements & SettlersWar, US Civil
 
Brick Rubble of the Prison Perimeter image. Click for full size.
By Tim Carr, August 15, 2009
3. Brick Rubble of the Prison Perimeter
The Perimeter Line image. Click for full size.
By Tim Carr, August 15, 2009
4. The Perimeter Line
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. This page has been viewed 2,450 times since then and 75 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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