Montgomery in Montgomery County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
Confederate Military Prison / Civil War Military Prisons
Near this site, from mid April to December 1862, a Confederate military prison held, under destitute conditions, 700 Union soldiers, most captured at Shiloh. They were imprisoned in a foul, vermin-abounding cotton depot, 200 feet long and 40 feet wide, without blankets and only the hard earth or wood planks as a bed. The cotton shed was situated between Tallapoosa Street and the Alabama River. Of the 700 Union prisoners, nearly 198 died in captivity. The survivors were moved to Tuscaloosa, Alabama in December 1862.
Records of the Commissary General of Prisoners list 198 Union prisoners, from the Montgomery military prison, buried at Montgomery. Most of these were listed as unknown. Subsequently, in 1868, the remains interred in the Montgomery cemetery were removed to the National Cemetery at Marietta, Georgia. Over 674,000 soldiers were taken captive during the Civil War. Often prisoners were crammed into facilities with disregard of capacity limits, hygiene, nutrition, or sanitation needs. These deplorable conditions existed in military prisons of both sides. More than 56,000 prisoners died in confinement, 30,218 in Confederate and 25,976 in Union prisons.
Location. 32° 22.871′ N, 86° 18.651′ W. Marker is in Montgomery, Alabama, in Montgomery County. Marker is at the intersection of Coosa Street and Tallapoosa Street, on the right when traveling north on Coosa Street. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 200 Coosa Street, Montgomery AL 36104, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. General Charles Graham Boyd (here, next to this marker); Union Station & Riverfront Park (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Marquis de Lafayette (about 500 feet away); Encanchata (about 600 feet away); Murphy House (about 600 feet away); The Montgomery Slave Trade/Warehouses Used in the Slave Trade (about 600 feet away); Montgomery Freemasonry (about 700 feet away); The Domestic Slave Trade/Slave Transportation to Montgomery (about 700 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Montgomery.
Also see . . . Confederate Prison and Union Cemetery at Montgomery. (Submitted on January 19, 2014, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
Categories. • Cemeteries & Burial Sites • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 410 times since then and 93 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.