In May of 1861 Camp Chase was established as a training facility for U.S. Army recruits. After the fall of Fort Donelson in early 1862, it was quickly over flowing with prisoners of war from the Confederacy. In that year Johnson’s Island Prison relocated most of their enlisted Confederate prisoners here. The two acre site holds 2260 Confedarate soldiers who died in captivity at the prison.
The cemetery was vandalized in 2017, toppling a statue of a Confederate solider atop the stone monument. Visiting the site in the spring of this year, I met one of the security guards that keeps a close eye on the cemetery. He was no second string law enforcement officer. The same goes for the one at Johnson’s Island.
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