Cahaba in Dallas County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
Civil War Prison
This official 1864 diagram helped archaeologists identify the actual prison site. Carefully excavated clues revealed that a proposed extension to the stockade was actually built.
If you follow the brick rubble at your feet, you can walk the perimeter of the prison. It held 3000 men but only measured 200 by 125 feet!
Location. 32° 18.984′ N, 87° 5.76′ W. Marker is in Cahaba, Alabama, in Dallas County. Marker can be reached from Capitol Avenue near Vine Street. In a park area at the end of Capitol Avenue. About 100 yards southeast of the Cahaba First State Capital stone marker. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Orrville AL 36767, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A Prison Chimney? (here, next to this marker); Major Hiram Solon Hanchett (here, next Castle Morgan & Jesse Hawes (here, next to this marker); Captive Boys in Blue (within shouting distance of this marker); Cahawba - circa 1500 (within shouting distance of this marker); Footprint of a Church (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Vine Street (about 400 feet away); Commissary - R.R. Depot (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cahaba.
More about this marker. Marker located on the west side of the Chimney.
Also see . . . Old Cahawba, "Alabama's most famous Ghost Town". (Submitted on September 23, 2009, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 23, 2009, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. This page has been viewed 2,669 times since then and 45 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 23, 2009, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.