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Political Prisoners

Fort Warren-Georges Island

 

—Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area —

 
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By Don Morfe, October 3, 2010
1. Political Prisoners Marker
Inscription. Among the notable political prisoners confined in these rooms were James Murray Mason and John Slidell, two Confederate envoys to Great Britain. Their arrest on board the British steamer Trent provoked an international incident and nearly brought Great Britain into the Civil War. The envoys were released after two months imprisonment on order from President Lincoln in January, 1862. Alexander H. Stephens, Vice-President of the Confederacy, was imprisoned for six months after the end of the War. He was at first held in solitary confinement, but later enjoyed more comfortable quarters, special meals and access to the fort library.

(Inscription below the photo) The arrest of Mason and Slidell at sea.
 
Erected by Boston Harbor Islands State Park.
 
Location. 42° 19.224′ N, 70° 55.614′ W. Marker is in Boston, Massachusetts, in Plymouth County. Marker can be reached from Georges Island. Touch for map. Marker is only accessible by boat. Marker is in this post office area: Hull MA 02045, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Bakery (a few steps from this marker); Bastion C (a few steps from this marker); Enlisted Men (within

Political Prisoners Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, October 3, 2010
2. Political Prisoners Marker
shouting distance of this marker); Parade Ground (within shouting distance of this marker); The Mess (within shouting distance of this marker); The "Dark Arch" (within shouting distance of this marker); Powder Magazine (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Battery Bartlett (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Boston.
 
Categories. Forts, CastlesWar, US Civil
 
Political Prisoners Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, October 3, 2010
3. Political Prisoners Marker
Welcome to Fort Warren-It was built more than 150 years ago-a fort on an island, a key to the coastal defense of a new nation. It was transformed into a prison during the Civil War, housing hundreds of Confederates within its granite walls, ordinary soldiers and high level politicians alike. It served our nation for more than 85 year as a vigilant sentinel in the harbor. It made over into a park is an extraordinary island setting. Welcome to Fort Warren, on Georges Island. Welcome to the Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area
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By Don Morfe, October 27, 2010
4. Political Prisoners Marker
National Park Passport Cancellation Stamp
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 13, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 378 times since then and 38 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on January 13, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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