Johnson's Island Civil War POW camp and cemetary

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Marblehead, Ohio

Johnson's Island Civil War POW camp and cemetary Marblehead Reviews

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Jun 28, 2007
Acclaimed as one of the most haunted locations in the State of Ohio, Johnson's Island is a must-see for the history buff.

The island was bought for $15 in 1811. More than 12,000 Confederate soldiers are recorded to have been housed on Johnson's Island. The small 300 acre island was chosen for the camp because it was a good distance from local towns and the wineries.

The Johnson's Island Committee is currently asking for help in researching the names found in the cemeteries, as name misspellings have been found. There are also 54 "unknown" markers which are being researched.

This excerpt from the website ( sums up Johnson's Island the best:

"Thousands of men were imprisoned at Johnson's Island. Reports give varying amounts, some 10,000 and some as many as 15,000 men. They all had one thing in common. They were trapped hundreds or even thousands of miles away from their beloved homeland. Trapped in a place so foreign and so bitterly cold that it truly was a frozen Hell at times. Many attempted to escape and very few did. When the lake waters froze solid, some attempted to flee across the ice to Canada. I would imagine the thought of being shot on sight did not compare with the temptation of freedom, fleeting as it was."

There is a $2 fee to access the causeway to the island.

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