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Camp Chase Confederate Cemetery

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klbarth39 wrote a review Jun 2020
Columbus, Ohio251 contributions21 helpful votes
The cemetery is located on an old Civil War Union campgrounds. The camp began to receive Confederate prisoners and became a prison. Many of the 8,000 prisoners died from malaria and related illnesses. Presently it is located in a housing area next to a dairy ice cream store. The cemetery has a stone wall with a metal fence on top of it around the small cemetery. The graves are very close. They say that the cemetery has over 2,000 Confederate solders buried there. It is well maintained by the United States Government. Every year they hold a memorial service honoring the decease Confederate Soldiers. There is a large stone arch with a statue of a Confederate Soldier on top, with a large stone under the arch. On the stone it list 2260 Confederate Soldiers are buried in the cemetery. In 2017 when people was tearing down or damaging anything that was released to the Confederacy due to the. Charolettesville Virginia white superpremicst movement. Someone pulled the solder off the top of the arch breaking the head off the statue and taking the head. Two years later 2019 the statue was was repaired and placed on top of the arch again. If you are interrsted in Civil War history. This is a good piece of history to see if you are in the area.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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459karll wrote a review Sep 2019
Tampa Busch Gardens, United States19 contributions4 helpful votes
It seemed unusual to find a cemetery dedicated to the CSA. It was a great way to help to send an olive branch to the south. Part of the healing process. This cemetery is will maintained. We looked for a parking lot for the cemetery but there isn't one. You will need to park at a near by street. One can only imagine the horror these soilders went through from battle to suffering sickness as a POW. It is a reminder that freedom isn't free.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Paul S wrote a review Feb 2019
Marion1,571 contributions1,068 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: February 2019
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Destination736272 wrote a review Oct 2018
Columbus, Ohio20 contributions3 helpful votes
Unless you want to read every headstone, you'll spend more time trying to find a place to park than at the cemetery. It's cool that it exists but the headstones aren't original, the information about the soldiers scant. Online pictures would have sufficed.
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Date of experience: October 2018
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anxious2doitnow wrote a review Sep 2018
Largo, Florida1 contribution15 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: February 2018
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