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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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  • It cost $2.00 cash only to get onto the Island. The island is beautiful and has a pretty inlet with cliffs and large castle like homes. The confederate prison cemetery is very well maintained. There i...  more »
  • Just visited this place after my father-in-law told us about it and showed us around. Very classy as all the graves are kept in great shape and had wreathes on each tombstone for the holiday season.  more »
  • We came across this place looking for other places! Civil War history here in Lake Erie, just across from Cedar Point! There was a prison here used to house Confederate Officers, two of them well know...  more »