JOHNSON’S ISLAND – CIVIL WAR CONFEDERATE PRISON CAMP
1862 – 1864 PRISONER SIGNATURE ALBUM
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This album was acquired by the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums in January 2020. It contains the signatures of nearly 190 Civil War soldiers from 1862 – 1864. Between April 1862 and Sept. 1865, Johnson’s Island served as a military prison, primarily for Confederate officers. About 9,000 prisoners passed through, including 25 generals and several U.S. Senators, state governors, a U.S. Supreme Court justice and 5 slaves. Today  Johnson’s Island is a National Historic Landmark. The cemetery is owned by the federal government. For additional information on Johnson’s Island, please view the Roger Long Collection (LH – 383). Contents of the album were transcribed and edited by volunteers Fran Fleet and Amy Smith. All entries are transcribed as written.