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    CDV ELMIRA CONFEDERATE PRISON CAMP CA 1860S. Elmira Prison was a prisoner-of-war camp constructed by the Union Army during the American Civil War to house captive Confederate soldiers. Located in Elmira, New York, the prison was one of the largest facilities in the North. The site was selected partially due to its proximity to the Erie and New York Railroads, which criss-crossed in the midst of the city, making it a prime location for an Army training and musters point early in the Civil War. A great deal of the 30-acre Union installation, known as Camp Rathbun, fell into disuse as the war progressed to Canada, and the camp's "Barracks #3" were converted into a Civil War prison camp in the summer of 1864. The camp, in use from June 6, 1864, until the fall of 1865, was dubbed "Hellmira" by its inmates. This is a period carte de visite, 2.5" x 4", photographed by Moulton & Larkin, Elmira, N.Y. of this very hellish P.O.W. Camp.

    Condition: Very good, foxing, all four corners have been clipped and small corner of albumen paper missing lower right bottom corner.


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    December, 2007
    1st Saturday
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