Remembering ‘Hellmira’

(My Great-Grandfather survived Rock Island which had a higher death rate than Andersonville. But, no one was hung for ‘war crimes’ there. No Ted Turner guilt-bomb movies either – DD)

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Elmira, once home to an infamous Civil War prison camp, will host symposium on the war

(Jeff Murray, Elmira Star-Gazette) – The fighting never spilled into New York state, but Elmira still has a strong connection to the American Civil War, and next month, residents will have a chance to learn more about that history.

Elmira College is teaming with the Friends of the Elmira Civil War Prison Camp to present an inaugural Civil War symposium Aug. 4-6 at the college and other locations, officials announced Wednesday.

Elmira was home to an infamous prison camp from July 6, 1864, until July 11, 1865, and while it was built to house 5,000, the camp incarcerated a total of 12,121 Confederate soldiers.

Nearly 3,000 of the soldiers housed at the camp died there and were buried at Woodlawn Cemetery. The camp’s conditions earned it the nickname “Hellmira.”

In addition, Elmira was

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