- Associated Press - Thursday, August 14, 2014

ELMIRA, N.Y. (AP) - A new exhibit examining the yearlong history of Elmira’s Civil War prison camp is opening this week.

The exhibit, “So Far From Home: Life in Elmira’s Confederate Prison Camp,” opens Thursday evening at the Chemung County Historical Society in Elmira.

The display commemorates the 150th anniversary of the prison camp that was located near the Pennsylvania border in New York’s Southern Tier. The exhibit focuses on life inside the camp and how the camp affected the surrounding community.

The camp opened in July 1864 on the grounds of Camp Rathbun, a Union Army training and muster point. It closed a year later, three months after the Civil War ended in April 1865.

More than 12,121 Confederates soldiers were incarcerated at the camp, with some 3,000 dying from malnutrition, exposure or disease.


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