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    Fantastic Johnson's Island Confederate Prisoner of War Autograph Book Kept by Union Captain John J. Manor, Ohio 128th Volunteer Infantry as Superintendent of the Prison Roll and Correspondence, Circa 1864-1865. John J. Manor enlisted as a captain on November 25, 1863, mustering in to "G" Company of the Ohio 128th Volunteer Infantry on January 10, 1864. Presumably shortly thereafter he was appointed Superintendent of Johnson's Island Prison Roll and Correspondence. His autograph book measures 6 x 9-inches, with embossed leather boards and gilt-stamped "Autographs" on the front board. Manor's particulars are stamped on the upper right corner of the front free endpaper: "JOHN J. MANOR / CAPT. 128. O.V.I. & / SUPT. PRIS. ROLL & / PRIS. CORRESPONDECE [sic] / JOHNSONS ISLAND. O". The autograph book contain over 160 signature of Confederate officer prisoners, most including their rank and regiments; some their home towns and many including the place where they were captured.
    In late 1861, Johnson's Island in Sandusky Bay on Lake Erie was selected for the site of a prisoner of war camp to hold up to 2,500 captured Confederate officers. The 16.5-acre opened in April 1862 and was guarded by the 128th Ohio Volunteer Infantry. Many prominent Confederate generals and officers were imprisoned on Johnson's Island including Isaac R. Trimble and James J. Archer, both captured at Gettysburg, William Beall, Thomas Benton Smith, Edward "Allegheny" Johnson and Missouri cavalrymen M. Jeff Thompson and John S. Marmaduke, William Lewis Cabell (later mayor of Dallas) and Christopher Columbus Nash. Ultimately more than 15,000 men passed through Johnson's Island until its closure in September, 1865. The prison had one of the lowest mortality rates of any Civil War prisons. While none of the aforementioned men's names appear in Captain Manor's autograph book, many interesting names appear, for example Lt. E. A. Holt, 38th Alabama, "Clayton's Brigade", captured at Missionary Ridge, November 25, 1863; Capt. Jas. McMurray, 23rd Arkansas, captured at Port Hudson, Louisiana, July 9, 1863; Lt. William C. Bush, 7th Texas Infantry of Kaufman, Texas; Captain Frank M. Imboden, 18th Virginia Cavalry, "captured June 5, 1864 near Piedmont Va. By Gen'l Hunter"; Capt. Hudson Whitaker, 30th Georgia Regiment, captured near Nashville, December 16, 1864; Capt. Jessie Ross, 4th Battalion Arkansas Infantry, captured at Nashville; and Lt. Benjamin S. G. Smith, Florida 6th Infantry, captured at Nashville. These are but a few of the over 160 individual signatures which will provide many pleasant hours of research.

    Condition: Very good. Though the spine is lacking and the boards are loose, the contents are in excellent condition and the signatures generally bright and legible.


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