Richmond, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
“Hope was all that sustained many.”
Later in the war nearly all Union prisoners in Virginia came though Libby before being distributed to other facilities such as Belle Isle here in Richmond, or Andersonville in Georgia. On Feb. 9, 1864, 109 Union officers escaped from Libby through a 50-foot-long tunnel; only 48 were recaptured.
After the war Libby Prison was carefully dismantled and moved to Chicago, where it was reconstructed as the “Libby Prison National War Museum.” It was demolished there about 1898 to make room for a coliseum.
Many prisoners felt inspired to record their experiences at Libby Prison. Pennsylvanian Clarence Wilson remembered lying down at night “dovetailed together like sardines in a box, on the bare floor, without anything to cover us. I came out weighing 90 pounds.” The overcrowding
Erected by Virginia Civil War Trails.
Location. 37° 31.848′ N, 77° 25.603′ W. Marker is in Richmond, Virginia. Marker is at the intersection of East Cary Street and South 20th Street, on the right when traveling east on East Cary Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Richmond VA 23223, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Libby Prison CSA (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Libby Prison (within shouting distance of this marker); Early Quakers in Richmond (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Oldest House City of Richmond Bicentennial (about 700 feet away); To Honor (about 700 feet away); Chesapeake & Ohio Railway (approx. 0.2 miles away); Franklin Street Burying Grounds (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Richmond.
More about this marker. On the top center is a photo of “Libby Prison as seen from the back, with Canal Street in the foreground. Three separate buildings joined together to make the prison, and the joints are readily visible in this photograph. Note how the building was taller in the back than in the front.”
On the bottom center is “A photograph of the prison, surrounded by sightseers, taken just after the fall of Richmond. Both the canal and the James River can be seen in the background. The Stars and Stripes flutters from the roof.”
Also see . . . Information about Libby Prison in Richmond, VA during the Civil War. Civil War Richmond (Submitted on September 19, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 19, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,620 times since then and 74 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on September 19, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.