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Dover in Stewart County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
 

13,000 Prisoners

 
 
13,000 Prisoners Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 4, 2010
1. 13,000 Prisoners Marker
In the lower left is an illustration captioned Camp Douglas was originally used as a Union training camp.
Inscription. Thirteen thousand dejected Confederate defenders of Fort Donelson huddled here against the cold on February 16, 1862. They had fought long and hard against Grant's forces and did not consider themselves defeated. They had been surrendered against their will and now waited to be transported north. Never before in the Civil War had so many prisoners been taken, and the poorly clad Confederates could only guess what awaited them. After being issued two day's rations and allowed to keep "their clothing, blankets, and such personal property as may be carried about the person," the prisoners were shipped 120 miles to Cairo, Illinois. From there trains carried them to prison camps in Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, and Massachusetts. In September 1862 most of the prisoners were exchanged for Union soldiers being held in Confederate prison camps.

Where did they go?
Most of the enlisted men were taken to prison camps in Illinois and Indiana; most of the officers went to camps in Ohio and Massachusetts:

Camps Douglas & Butler
Chicago & Springfield, Illinois

Camp Morton
Indianapolis, Indiana

Camp Chase & Johnson's Island
Columbus & Sandusky, Ohio

Fort Warren
Boston, Massachusetts
 
Erected by Fort Donelson National Battlefield
Map Showing Location of Prisons image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 4, 2010
2. Map Showing Location of Prisons
- National Park Service - Department of the Interior.
 
Location. 36° 29.344′ N, 87° 50.182′ W. Marker is in Dover, Tennessee, in Stewart County. Marker is on Petty Street, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Located at stop ten, Dover Hotel, of the driving tour of Fort Donelson National Battlefield. Marker is in this post office area: Dover TN 37058, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Dover Hotel (a few steps from this marker); Rice House (within shouting distance of this marker); Surrender House (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); History of the Stewart County Courthouse (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Stewart County Iron Industry (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Battle of Dover/Confederate Mass Grave (approx. 0.4 miles away); Withdrawal From Donelson (approx. 0.6 miles away); Hallowed Ground (approx. 0.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Dover.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Marker at Tour Stop Ten image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 4, 2010
3. Marker at Tour Stop Ten
Landing at the Cumberland River image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 4, 2010
4. Landing at the Cumberland River
With the creation of Lake Barkley, the shoreline is higher than during the Civil War.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 527 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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