Miller Park in 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
Erected by Civil War Trails.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Virginia Civil War Trails series list.
Location. 37° 24.418′ N, 79° 9.978′ W. Marker is in Miller Park in Lynchburg, Virginia. Marker is on Memorial Avenue (Virginia Route 163) near Park Lane, on the right when traveling north. It is on the grounds of E. C. Glass High School visible from the street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Lynchburg VA 24501, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lucille Chaffin Kent (about 300 feet away, Mustered and Disbanded 1861-1865 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Second Virginia Cavalry, C.S.A. (approx. ¼ mile away); Dr. Robert Withers Morgan (approx. 0.3 miles away); Georgia Weston Morgan (approx. 0.3 miles away); Kemper Street Station (approx. half a mile away); Lynchburg’s First Public Hanging, 1830 (approx. 0.7 miles away); Lynchburg, Virginia, 1864 (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Miller Park.
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.)
Credits. This page was last revised on April 17, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 12, 2012, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 907 times since then and 43 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on August 12, 2012, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.