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    Civil War Era Journal with Signatures of Johnson's Island Prisoners of War along with some poetry and personal recipes of the period. With leather boards and a broken binding, this journal lists many who were captured and found their way to Johnson's Island, Ohio in Lake Erie. Johnson's Island was a prisoner of war camp opened on March 12th, 1862 primarily to incarcerate Confederate officers. Over the next three years 15,000 prisoners were housed there. They included not only Confederate officers but also enlisted men, spies, and political prisoners. More than two hundred of those prisoners would never leave.

    The autographs and names compiled here are soldiers who spent the later part of the war at the facility. In the back of the book found among the recipes, some added later, are poems and notes written by several Johnson Island residents. One such poem entitled "The Prison on Lake Erie", written in February of 1864, describes a dreary and boring existance for the men confined there. The gathering of names and poetry became a popular pastime for POWs on either side. Some who made it through confinement to see the end of the war took these journals along when later meeting for a veterans reunion. The stories and the names became the most important record kept during the Civil War. 4.5" x 7.75"


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