U.S. Military Prison in Elmira, New York (1865)

Plan of U.S. military prison, Elmira, N.Y.

Plan of a U.S. Military Prison in Elmira, New York (1865)
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Date: 1865
Author: David J Coffman
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Source: Library of Congress
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This map isn't part of any series, but we have other maps of the U.S. Civil War that you might want to check out.

An interesting map of the Union forces' Elmira, NY Prisoner of War Camp, made by Confederate prisoner David J. Coffman

Now I've not ever heard of any prisoner-of-war camp as having a reputation for being a nice place, but by most accounts this one must've been a real shithole. Around a quarter of the 12,000 confederate soldiers kept here died from malnutrition and exposure.

This map is currently held in the collection of the Library of Virginia

For more map resources and imagery from this period in Elmira's history, check out the New York Historical Society's website.



Plan of U.S. military prison, Elmira, N.Y.. wide thumbnail image