Lynchburg, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Civil War in Lynchburg
At first, all prisoners-of-war are to be detained in Richmond, the Confederate capital, but the jails and warehouses there quickly filled. Auxiliary facilities were established elsewhere. Lynchburg was an obvious choice for a prisoner-of-war camp because of its superior rail system and its remoteness from the front lines.
Located on part of the fairgrounds, the camp was for Federal prisoners waiting to be exchanged. No medical services were available, and many deaths occurred in the camp before the autumn of 1862, when the sick and wounded were moved to hospitals in Lynchburg. After the exchange cartel ceased operating in the summer of 1863, the camp quickly became overcrowded. The only permanent structures inside the enclosure
Erected by Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Virginia Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 37° 24.418′ N, 79° 9.978′ W. Marker is in Lynchburg, Virginia. Marker is on Memorial Avenue (Virginia Route 163) near Park Lane, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. It is on the grounds of E. C. Glass High School visible from the street. Marker is in this post office area: Lynchburg VA 24501, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Mustered and Disbanded 1861-1865 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Second Virginia Cavalry, C.S.A. (approx. ¼ mile away); Kemper Street Station (approx. half a mile away); Lynchburg’s First Public Hanging, 1830 Lynchburg, Virginia, 1864 (approx. 0.7 miles away); History of the Stapleton Station (approx. 0.7 miles away); When Lynchburg Was “Lunchburg” (approx. 0.7 miles away); Station House Museum (approx. 0.7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Lynchburg.
More about this marker. Marker has three photographs and to the right a map of the area during the Civil War. On the left is a photograph captioned “POW Chester A. Tourtellotte, 18th Connecticut Infantry — Courtesy The American Civil War Research Database”; center bottom is a portrait captioned “POW Pvt. Melker M. Jeffreys, 15th West Virginia Infantry — Courtesy Sally Thayer and family”; and center next to the map is a photograph captioned “POW camp scene, reenacted — Courtesy M. ernest Marxhall.”
Also see . . . Taylor Wilson Camp Heritage Group. Shows plans for a monument to the prisoners-of-war. (Submitted on August 12, 2012.)
Categories. • War, US Civil •
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