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Halifax in Halifax Regional Municipality, Nova Scotia — The Atlantic Provinces
 

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.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial SitesWar of 1812.
 
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. 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. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 24 Pinehaven Drive, Halifax, Nova Scotia B3P 1B3, Canada. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. William Henry Chase (approx. 1.4 kilometers away); Halifax and Castine / Halifax et Castine

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. 1.5 kilometers away); John William Ritchie (approx. 1.9 kilometers away); Summer House / Pavillon d'été (approx. 2.4 kilometers away); Lieut. Henry Edward Clonard Keating (approx. 2.4 kilometers away); Unveiling, Jubilee Fountain / Inauguration, Fontaine du Jubilé (approx. 2.4 kilometers away); Drinking Fountain / Fontaine d'eau potable (approx. 2.4 kilometers away); "Hamilton" Flower-bed arrangement (approx. 2.4 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map 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.
 
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 was last revised on January 10, 2021. It was originally submitted on July 3, 2011, by David Graff of Halifax, Nova Scotia. This page has been viewed 1,269 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 3, 2011, by David Graff of Halifax, Nova Scotia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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