- Called Hellmira by the Confederates imprisoned there.
- From May 3, 1864 when barracks #3 were converted to house prisoners to July 1665 when the last prisoners were mustered out, 24 % of its population died.
- disease, starvation, putrid water supply, exposure to extreme weather, and overcrowding are among causes of high death rate.
- Highest death rate of any camp, North or South--even than Andersonville.
- built to house 5,000 men, population swelled to 10,000 within weeks.
|bridge to Foster's Island--me in background|
With this dramatic history, it seemed especially meaningful yesterday as the Chemung Living History Association came together with reenactors to present the event on Foster Pond near the actual campgrounds.
|fixin' tater soup|
|inspecting the troops before battle|
|Union soldiers fire first shots|
|Virginia Infantry answer the Union volley|
|Chaplain praying for dying soldier|