Plan of a U.S. Military Prison in Elmira, New York (1865)
|Author:||David J Coffman|
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|Source:||Library of Congress|
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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.