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Belle Isle

 
 
Belle Isle Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, November 3, 2009
1. Belle Isle Marker
Inscription. During the winter of 1863-1864, the island visible from this spot held up to 8,000 Union army prisoners.

After the outbreak of the Civil War, prisoners poured into Richmond. Camps built only as transport stations soon became permanent. Over the course of the war, several thousand Belle Isle prisoners died, many during the harsh winter of 1863, when the entire city was overcrowded and undersupplied.
 
Erected by Richmond Riverfront Canal Walk.
 
Location. 37° 32.055′ N, 77° 26.671′ W. Marker is in Richmond, Virginia. Marker can be reached from the intersection of South 5th Street and Tredegar Street. Touch for map. This marker is on the Richmond Riverfront Canal Walk on Brown's Island. Marker is in this post office area: Richmond VA 23219, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Three Days in April 1865 (a few steps from this marker); Haxall Headgates (within shouting distance of this marker); Canal Walk / Historic Canals (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Tredegar Iron Works (about 300 feet away); Joseph Reid Anderson (about
Belle Isle is visible in the distance. image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, November 3, 2009
2. Belle Isle is visible in the distance.
300 feet away); a different marker also named Tredegar Iron Works (about 400 feet away); Southern Firepower (about 400 feet away); The Gun Foundry (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Richmond.
 
Also see . . .
1. Richmond Riverfront Canal Walk. Venture Richmond (Submitted on November 5, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 

2. Brown’s Island. Events, Island history, and directions. (Submitted on November 5, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 

3. Belle Isle Prison. Civil War Richmond (Submitted on November 5, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 

4. Civil War Visitor Center at Tredegar Iron Works. Richmond National Battlefield Park (Submitted on November 5, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 

5. The American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar. (Submitted on November 5, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
View of city from Belle Isle; gun in foreground. image. Click for full size.
1865
3. View of city from Belle Isle; gun in foreground.
Richmond as seen from Belle Island image. Click for full size.
circa 1864
4. Richmond as seen from Belle Island
Library of Congress [LC-DIG-ppmsca-22920]
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 5, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,021 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 5, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.   4. submitted on March 22, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.
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