Camp Chase Confederate Cemetery

Camp Chase Confederate Cemetery, Columbus

Camp Chase Confederate Cemetery

Camp Chase Confederate Cemetery
4.5
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
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anxious2doitnow
Largo, FL1 contribution
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As evidenced by some reviews that talk about "bad choices" the Southern soldiers made, it is obvious that some people do not know history at all, and cannot read, or understand, what is right in front of them.
When you look at the grave markers, you will often see the term CONSCRIPT. This means that the soldier did not volunteer to fight but that he was forcibly drafted to fight in the Civil War. Most Southerners were not slave holders and as you read on the 2260 grave markers, many were "drafted" in to the Confederate army. These young men were taken from their families and homes, were later captured by the Union soldiers, and died hundreds of miles away from their loved ones. Many prisoners died here from malnutrition, lack of suitable clothing for Winter weather, and lack of wood for proper heating. One of my relatives died here in February 1865, along with over 400 others that died that same cold month, from lack of food and exposure. This was a terrible place and a lot of the cruelty to the prisoners in later years was due to retribution for Andersonville, the Southern prisoner of war camp in Georgia, known for it's horrible conditions. The Union blockade of supplies can partially be blamed for the lack of food at Andersonville, but the conditions at Camp Chase, were all by choice. There was no shortage of food in the Ohio area, and many local civilians wanted to help the prisoners, but the Union officers in charge denied any civilian help in 1865 and denied suitable rations, clothing, and heat, for the simple reason that they wanted some type of revenge on Southern soldiers. My relative died here at 19 years of age due to the conditions he was forced to endure.
As you look through the records of Camp Chase, you will see that my relative, along with many other prisoners, "signed" an "Oath of Allegiance" to the Union. As with other lies from the Civil War, on both sides, my relative supposedly signed the Oath of Allegiance TWO MONTHS after he had died. It was either a miracle or a Union officer got extra credit for all prisoners that he could get to "convert".
History is a wonderful thing when you dig past the misconceptions of those that never bothered to study everything that happened. More often than not, especially when it comes to war history, many people will only read the history that was written by the victors. Without learning about the views from the other side, you only end up with a very biased, and mostly prejudiced, version of what really happened.
Tour this final resting place for 2260 brave soldiers that died here. Read the inscriptions on their grave markers and try to imagine what circumstances brought them here to die at a young age, so far away from their families and away from their own land that they loved.
Written September 3, 2018
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AAHolt
United States3,621 contributions
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This cemetery is close to the downtown area of Columbus, OH. It is well maintained but the ground is uneven so use care when walking around the grounds. Keep in mind there is no parking at the actual cemetery but it's easy to park nearby and walk. We walked down each row of headstones...each one marking the life of someone connected in some way to the Civil War. There were soldiers from Tennessee, Georgia, Mississippi, Virginia, Florida, Alabama, Arkansas, Texas and so on. There were also several headstones identifying someone as "Citizen" and there was one headstone engraved with a simple "Unknown". The cemetery gates are open from dawn to dusk.
Written August 1, 2014
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Wendell R
Travelers Rest, SC93 contributions
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Columbus was home to a Confederate POW camp during the Civil War. This is the final resting place for those Confederate soldiers and civilians who died here. Located on Sullivant Avenue west of the Downtown area, it is easy to find parking on nearby side streets and a walk through the cemetery reading the inscriptions on the gravestones is sobering.
Written July 25, 2013
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JBH
345 contributions
Camp Chase has a lot of interesting history. Including the fact that not all of the prisoners were Southern soldiers. I'd love to see more historic signs and information about the history of the fort in addition to what is available. We have some family connections to the fort and wanted to visit. We parked by the dairy. I'm not sure if there is other parking somewhere. I'd recommend visiting mid-day.
Written December 3, 2020
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MLB768
Clemson, SC246 contributions
Friends
This cemetery was in the middle of Columbus. We found it "accidentally" while looking for attractions via the GPS. It's a bit out of the way, and you have to park behind the cemetery and walk around it to enter from the street side, but it was fascinating that such a place exists in Ohio. Reading the names and dates and units of those buried there was interesting. A number of people without military designation were buried under stones with their names and simply titled "Citizen."

It's not a huge site, but worth the time if you have an interest in this period of history.
Written July 8, 2013
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hilltopusa
Ohio9 contributions
Camp Chase Confederate Cemetery is the final resting place for 2260 confederate Soliders and civilians. It is open 24 hours a day. Each year on the 2nd Sunday in June, a memorial serivce is held at 3PM to remember these Americans
Written March 3, 2009
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Paul S
Marion1,565 contributions
Family
This is one of the few Civil War sites in Ohio that you can visit, and it is easier to reach than Johnson's Island to the north near Marblehead or Buffington Island battlefield in the southeast near Pomeroy. Admission is free, but as others have mentioned it can be very difficult to find a parking space on the side streets, and I wouldn't even think of trying to park on busy Sullivant Avenue. I recommend parking in the free lot at the Columbus branch library nearby and walking a half block to the cemetery entrance. That way the car is in a safe location, you can use the restrooms, and you can also research and read accurate historical accounts of the events at Camp Chase instead of just ranting. No matter whether you call it the War for Southern Independence or the Civil War, there were atrocities on both sides, particularly in their treatment of prisoners of war. The war was only expected to last a short time so neither side was prepared for the vast numbers of prisoners captured during the hundreds of skirmishes and battles. There was no Geneva Convention or Red Cross at the time to mandate humane treatment. There was also no germ theory so soldiers in the field had a high mortality rate as well. After 150 years, much of the history has been forgotten and it is good to come to sites like these to remember it so we do not repeat it. There was absolutely no excuse for those who vandalized the cemetery a year or so ago by pulling down the soldier who stood on a base (now empty) at the top of the arch above the boulder. Yes, it was a confederate soldier, but this a confederate cemetery!Have some respect and decency and let them rest in peace. I believe the graves now look out, not on a perfect country by any means, but at least on a brighter and better day than the their occupants last did.
Written February 28, 2019
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tiggerthehun
Bangkok, Thailand299 contributions
Couples
The center stone reads, "2260 Confederate Solders of the War are buried in this enclosure". As we walked in the entrance a settling calm came over me. The white head stones were no longer perfectly aligned due to the many years of existence, never-the-less, it is a beautiful cemetery, filled with privates to ranking officers from Tennessee to Florida and as far west as Texas. I read aloud many of the names posted on the markers. i feel as long as their names are spoken, they will never be forgotten. There were a few military flags planted next to some of the graves. I can't help but wonder if relatives may have put them there.
Written October 5, 2013
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ahcanupp
Cynthiana, KY57 contributions
Our family enjoys learning and discovering local history, especially the Civil War. It was a surprise to learn there was a Confederate Cemetery in Columbus, OH. Didn't know anything about it, so it was a nice little jaunt for the kids.

You may drive past it looking for a vehicle entrance, but there isn't one. You will have to find a parking lot nearby and walk.
Written August 11, 2013
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Byron871
Grandview Heights, OH8 contributions
Camp Chase was one of Ohio's largest Civil War sites. If you take a look at a map before visiting you can still tell where most of the camp sat. The cemetery of confederate prisoners who died there has been well preserved and cared for. A bit off the beaten path and easy to miss as you drive down the street but very peaceful and worth the stop.
Written March 14, 2013
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