Histopolis features a different cemetery, town, county or other place every day on the Place-of-The-Day.
Friday, November 19, 2010
The Histopolis Place-of-the-Day for Friday, November 19, 2010 is the Confederate Cemetery in Alton, Alton Township, Madison County, Illinois.
"The prison building in Alton, Illinois, was constructed in 1833 to serve as the Illinois State Prison. Located in a low area close to the Mississippi River, the State of Illinois abandoned the prison in 1860 at the urging of social reformer Dorthea Dix, who complained about the unhealthy conditions there.
"Soon after the outbreak of the Civil War, the federal government re-opened the facility as a Confederate prison. The maximum capacity of Alton prison was estimated at 800; in the last year of the war it held close to 1,900 Confederate prisoners.
"As in many Confederate prisons, the inmate population was ravaged by disease, and over the course of the war smallpox claimed the lives of hundreds of prisoners. In an attempt to minimize the number of smallpox deaths, prison officials quarantined those stricken with the disease in a hospital on Tow Head Island, in the Mississippi River. Prisoners who died of smallpox were buried on the island itself. In the years after the Civil War, frequent flooding of the river eroded all of the grave markers. Today, the location of the smallpox hospital and the burials is unknown.
"Confederates who died from causes other than smallpox were interred two miles north of Alton, in an area known as “Buck Inn.” This became the official prison burial ground, and today is the location of the North Alton Confederate Cemetery."
Explore Confederate Cemetery on Histopolis now. If you have a place that you would like to see featured as the Histopolis Place-of-the-Day,
contact the webmaster to suggest it.
|1||Riverside National Cemetery, Riverside County, California|
|2||Quincy National Cemetery, Quincy, Quincy Township, Adams County, Illinois|
|3||Fort Custer National Cemetery, Ross Township, Kalamazoo County, Michigan|
|4||Finns Point National Cemetery, Pennsville Township, Salem County, New Jersey|
|5||Fort McPherson National Cemetery, Maxwell Precinct, Lincoln County, Nebraska|
|6||Wood National Cemetery, Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin|
|7||Mound City National Cemetery, Mound City Precinct, Pulaski County, Illinois|
|8||West Virginia National Cemetery, Taylor County, West Virginia|
|9||Lebanon National Cemetery, Lebanon, Marion County, Kentucky|
|10||Rock Island National Cemetery, Moline Township, Rock Island County, Illinois|
|11||Little Rock National Cemetery, Little Rock, Big Rock Township, Pulaski County, Arkansas|
|12||San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery, Merced County, California|
|13||Marion National Cemetery, Marion, Center Township, Grant County, Indiana|
|14||Port Hudson National Cemetery, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana|
|15||Fort Mitchell National Cemetery, Russell County, Alabama|
|16||Mill Springs National Cemetery, Pulaski County, Kentucky|
|17||Springfield National Cemetery, Springfield, Springfield Township, Greene County, Missouri|
|18||Saint Augustine National Cemetery, Saint Augustine, Saint Johns County, Florida|
|19||Confederate Cemetery, Alton, Alton Township, Madison County, Illinois|
|20||Staunton National Cemetery, Staunton, Staunton City, Virginia|
|21||Soldiers' Lot, Woodland Cemetery, Mound City, Mound City Township, Linn County, Kansas|
|22||Soldiers' Lot, Baxter Springs Cemetery, Spring Valley Township, Cherokee County, Kansas|
|23||Puerto Rico National Cemetery, Bayamón, Hato Tejas Barrio, Bayamón Municipio, Puerto Rico|
|24||Los Angeles National Cemetery, Los Angeles County, California|
|25||Memphis National Cemetery, Memphis, Shelby County, Tennessee|
|26||Grafton National Cemetery, Grafton, Taylor County, West Virginia|
|27||Crown Hill Confederate Plot, Crown Hill Cemetery, Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana|
|28||Soldiers' Lot, Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Augusta, Kennebec County, Maine|
|29||Fort Bliss National Cemetery, El Paso County, Texas|
|30||Congressional Cemetery, Washington, District of Columbia|
Note: The first Place-of-the-Day was in September 2010