Columbus in Franklin County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
The Historic National Road in Ohio
In July 1861, a small prison was erected at Camp Chase to handle the influx of political prisoners or disloyal citizens. The prison was enlarged to accommodate Confederate prisoners of war in the fall of 1861. By March 1862 the prison consisted of three separate prisons and over 1,200 prisoners, mostly officers captured from Fort Henry and Fort Donelson in Tennessee. The prison population continued to increase and numbered 9,045 in February 1865, but overcrowding, food shortages and poor sanitation resulted in outbreaks of typhoid fever and other diseases resulting in many deaths.
None of the original Camp Chase exists today except for the cemetery. The Camp Chase Confederate Cemetery is located south of here on Sullivant Avenue two blocks west of Hague Avenue and contains over 2,100 Confederate soldier’s graves.
Some 25,000 Confederate captives and over 150,000 Union troops, along with four future presidents (Andrew Johnson, Rutherford B. Hayes, James A. Garfield, and
Erected 2014 by The Ohio National Road Association, Inc. and The Hadler and Peppe Families.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial Sites • Forts or Castles • War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #17 Andrew Johnson, the Former U.S. Presidents: #19 Rutherford B. Hayes, the Former U.S. Presidents: #20 James A. Garfield, the Former U.S. Presidents: #25 William McKinley, and the The Historic National Road series lists.
Location. 39° 57.276′ N, 83° 4.719′ W. Marker is in Columbus, Ohio, in Franklin County. Marker is on West Broad Street (Old National Road) (U.S. 40) west of South Roys Avenue, on the left when traveling west. Marker is in front of West Gate Lodge F & AM No 623. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2925 West Broad Street, Columbus OH 43204, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named Camp Chase (within shouting distance of this marker); Camp Chase Confederate Cemetery (approx. ¾ mile away); a different marker also named Camp Chase (approx. 0.8 miles away); The National RoadMaynard E. Sensenbrenner (approx. 1.4 miles away); 166th Infantry Regiment (approx. 1.8 miles away); Franklin County Civil War Memorial (approx. 2.4 miles away); Shrum Indian Mound (approx. 2½ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Columbus.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 15, 2019. It was originally submitted on August 1, 2016, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. This page has been viewed 323 times since then and 44 times this year. Last updated on June 13, 2019, by J. Wesley Baker of Springfield, Ohio. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on August 1, 2016, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.