Elmira in Chemung County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Civil War Monument
Camp Rathbun May 1861 - 1864
the Confederate prisoners of war
incarcerated at Camp Chemung
July 1864 - July 1865
inside main entrance to the camp
N.W. corner of property at
722 Winsor Ave.
Donated by Paul and Norma Searles
Dedicated under auspices
Chemung Valley Living History Center Inc.
Mayor James Hare, City of Elmira, N.Y.
May 3, 1992
Erected 1992 by Chemung Valley Living History Center and City of Elmira.
Location. 42° 4.947′ N, 76° 49.295′ W. Marker is in Elmira, New York, in Chemung County. Marker is at the intersection of Winsor Avenue and Hoffman Street, on the right when traveling east on Winsor Avenue. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Elmira NY 14905, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Elmira Prison Camp 1864 - 1865 (a few steps from this marker); Elmira Prison Camp 1864-65 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Old Second Street Cemetery (approx. 0.8 miles away); Crystal Eastman (approx. 0.8 miles away); Spanish War Veterans Medal of Honor Monument (approx. 0.9 miles away); Chemung County World War II Monument (approx. 0.9 miles away); Chemung County Korea and Vietnam Monument (approx. 0.9 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Elmira.
Also see . . .
1. Original Location of Flagpole. Page 5 of an excellent tour of the prison site from Civil War album. The page (and preceding page 4) interpret the site of the flagpole. (Submitted on June 24, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
2. Elmira Prison Camp 1864-1865. At the beginning of the Civil War, Elmira had been a military recruiting depot where soldiers attended basic training. Later in the war Elmira was chosen as a draft rendezvous, and then a new prisoner of war camp. The first prisoners arrived at the camp on July 6, 1864. The last prisoners left the camp on July 11, 1865. (Submitted on November 4, 2015, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
3. Elmira Prison. Elmira Prison was a prisoner-of-war camp constructed by the Union Army in Elmira, New York, during the American Civil War to house captive Confederate soldiers. (Submitted on November 4, 2015, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
4. 20 facts about Elmira’s Civil War prison camp. Elmira’s Civil War prison camp operated from July 6, 1864, until July 11, 1865, incarcerating a total of 12,121 Confederates. Here are 20 facts about that dark period in the city’s history to mark its 150th anniversary. (Submitted on November 4, 2015, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,009 times since then and 74 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 2. submitted on , by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina. 3. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 4. submitted on , by Scott J. Payne of Deposit, New York. 5. submitted on , by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.