The island prison housed Confederate military officers who were originally captured during Civil War battles, and imprisoned at Camp Chase, Columbus Ohio. The object was to separate the officers from the rank-and-file soldiers and house them in the Northern prison where they remained until the end of the Civil War in 1865, or their death, which ever came first. Over two hundred of them remain there, in their graves, to this day.
There is more to come from SOMETIMES, so please check back for more information about Johnson’s Island. (I would continue now, but I have a lunch date with my best friend where we will fight the Civil War again. We are on the same side…North, anti-Slavery, but present upheaval over Civil War statues opens up new debate across our nation—as if we don’t have plenty to debate! 🙂 For what it’s worth, this on-going perennial battle never dies.
This island is far North, half way to Canada. It was important because all of the prisoners were Confederate military officers (Lieutenant and higher) who were separated from the rank-and-file soldiers incarcerated at Camp Chase, Ohio, and transferred to Johnson’s Island.
Later today I will try to post several more photos from this same batch.
This is the first part of this post on SOMETIMES, photos of the statue itself, including the pedestal, or base, which clearly explains the presence of a Southern monument this far North. Johnson’s Island is located off of Sandusky, Ohio, in Lake Erie. The island itself is privately owned, with controlled access. Visitors to the federal cemetery do have access to the cemetery grounds, however.