- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 5, 2015

ELMIRA, N.Y. (AP) - Work has begun on a project to reconstruct the only surviving building from the Civil War prisoner-of-war camp in Elmira.

The Star-Gazette of Elmira reports (https://stargaz.tt/1DtRfFl ) that members of the Friends of the Elmira Civil War Prison Camp are starting to reassemble the lumber that made up the building, which is 150 years old.

The building was taken apart, labeled and stored nearly 30 years ago, but over time the markings have faded. The builder who’s reassembling the structure says it’s like taking on a “huge jigsaw puzzle.”

The building originally stood in the POW camp that opened in July 1864 to hold Confederate prisoners. It closed a year later, three months after the war ended.

Organizers say they hope the rebuilt structure will eventually become a museum and learning center.


Information from: Star-Gazette, https://www.stargazette.com

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