Johnson's Island Confederate Cemetery, Marblehead

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Johnson's Island is a 300acre island in Sandusky Bay, located on the coast of Lake Erie, 3mi from the city of Sandusky, Ohio. It was the site of a prisoner-of-war camp for Confederate officers captured during the American Civil War. Johnson's Island was the only Union prison exclusively for Southern officers but, it also held regular soldiers. During its three years of operation, more than 15,000 men were incarcerated there.The island is named after L. B. Johnson, the owner of the island beginning about 1852. It was originally named 'Bull's Island' by its first owner, Epaphras* W. Bull, about 1809.Civil War yearsIn late 1861, Federal officials selected Johnson’s Island as the site for a prisoner of war camp to hold up to 2,500 captured Confederate officers. The island offered easy access by ship for supplies to construct and maintain a prison and its population. Sandusky Bay offered more protection from the elements than on other nearby islands, which were also closer to Canada in the event of a prison break. Woods of hickory and oak trees could provide lumber and fuel. The U.S. government leased half the island from private owner Leonard B. Johnson for $500 a year, and for the duration of the war carefully controlled access to the island.
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  • This cemetery is on a small residential island. First, there is a $2 toll to get onto the island and the kiosk/gate only takes $1 bills. Johnson Island, Ohio, was Civil War Prison for Confederate sold...  more »
  • This is a cemetery for Confederate prisoners of war. It is a solemn place with a statue of a confederate soldier looking to the water. This is on a small island and there is a $2 toll to get on the is...  more »
  • I'm glad is searched for area attractions while visiting the Marblehead Lighthouse and area and found info for this (Johnson's Island Confederate Cemetery). Interesting and full of history! A guard/ra...  more »

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