“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Halifax in Halifax Regional Municipality, Nova Scotia — The Canadian Atlantic

Deadman's Island

Deadman's Island Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Graff, July 1, 2011
1. Deadman's Island Marker
Inscription. These men died in captivity while serving the United States of America on land and sea during the War of 1812. They lie in unmarked graves here on Deadman's Island.

Followed by a list of 188 men identified by Name, Rank, Ship/Unit, and Date of Death.
Erected 2005.
Location. 44° 38.091′ N, 63° 36.667′ W. Marker is in Halifax, Nova Scotia, in Halifax Regional Municipality. Marker can be reached from Pinehaven Drive 0.1 kilometers east of Purcell's Cove Road, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Deadman's Island Civic Park is marked by a sign on Pinehaven Drive at the trailhead. where there is 2-hour street parking for three or four cars. Deadman's Island is actually a peninsula of about 2.5 acres and is reached by a sloping trail. Marker is at or near this postal address: 24 Pinehaven Drive, Halifax, Nova Scotia B3P 1B3, Canada.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Halifax and RMS Titanic (approx. 2.9 kilometers away); The View from the Citadel / Le panorama vu de la citadelle (approx. 2.9 kilometers away); Fairview Lawn Cemetery (approx. 2.9 kilometers away); Halifax Citadel

Deadman's Island Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Graff, May 26, 2009
2. Deadman's Island Marker
Melville Island in the background was the location of the prison. It is now a yacht club.
(approx. 2.9 kilometers away); Philippe Aubert de Gaspé (fils) (approx. 3.1 kilometers away); Edmund Burke (approx. 3.2 kilometers away); Major General / Major-Général Robert Ross 1766-1814 (approx. 3.2 kilometers away); Pierre Maillard (approx. 3.2 kilometers away). Click for a list of all markers in Halifax.
Regarding Deadman's Island. Almost 10,000 American seamen and soldiers who had been captured from ships or on shore by the British during the War of 1812 were held prisoner on nearby Melville Island. Approximately 195 men died and were buried in unmarked graves here. Deadman's Island was originally called Target Island when it was used for artillery practice.
Also see . . .
1. American Prisoners of War that died at the British Interment Camp at Halifax, Nova Scotia in the War. List of names. (Submitted on November 2, 2011.) 

2. Photographs and information about Deadman's Island and this marker. (Submitted on November 2, 2011.)
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial SitesWar of 1812
Deadman's Island image. Click for full size.
By David Graff, May 26, 2009
3. Deadman's Island
looking north to the peninsula from the trail.
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by David Graff of Halifax, Nova Scotia. This page has been viewed 1,127 times since then and 75 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by David Graff of Halifax, Nova Scotia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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