Near West Chester in Chester County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Camp Elder Civil War Paroled P.O.W. Camp
After the July 1863 Battle of Gettysburg, over 2,000 Union prisoners were held at a makeshift camp here, awaiting exchange for Confederate prisoners. Retreating armies often issued battlefield paroles to captured enemy soldiers, who were then held by their own army. The community welcomed these men and tended the injured for several weeks until the Federal government declared the paroles invalid and returned the prisoners to their regiments.
Erected 2013 by Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.
Location. 39° 56.539′ N, 75° 34.304′ W. Marker is near West Chester, Pennsylvania, in Chester County. Marker is at the intersection of Oakbourne Road and Trellis Lane, on the right when traveling west on Oakbourne Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: West Chester PA 19382, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Great Trail (approx. 1.2 miles away); Great Minquas Path (approx. 1.2 miles away); Old Main Arch Memorial (approx. 1½ miles away); Frederick Douglass (approx. 1½ miles away); Star of the West, Tent No. Six Goshen Baptist Church (approx. 1.9 miles away); Barnard Street Public School - Denney Tag Company (approx. 2 miles away); Samuel Barber (approx. 2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in West Chester.
Also see . . .
1. Parole Camp - Wikipedia. (Submitted on September 11, 2013, by Keith S Smith of West Chester, Pennsylvania.)
2. Marker Dedication Story - Daily Local News. (Submitted on September 17, 2013, by Keith S Smith of West Chester, Pennsylvania.)
1. A letter home:
Camp Elder was a short-term Civil War parole camp near West Chester, Pennsylvania. A paroled soldier there wrote to his family telling them that the parolees in the camp were being guarded by inexperienced members of the Pennsylvania militia, who were fairly lenient in their guard duties. - They were after all guarding men from their own army.
— Submitted September 11, 2013, by Keith S Smith of West Chester, Pennsylvania.
Categories. • Notable Places • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 11, 2013, by Keith S Smith of West Chester, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 708 times since then and 28 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on September 11, 2013, by Keith S Smith of West Chester, Pennsylvania. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.