Franklin County, Ohio
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Camp Chase Confederate Cemetery

2900 Sullivant Avenue
Columbus, Ohio

From Dayton take Interstate 70 East and take Wilson Road exit (west of Columbus). Make a left onto Wilson. Follow Wilson Road for 1-2 miles to Sullivant Avenue. Turn left on Sullivant. Cemetery will be one mile on the left.


Drawing of Camp Chase Confederate Camp
Bird's eye view of Camp Chase near Columbus, Ohio. Drawn by A. Ruger

Camp Chase Confederate Cemetery is located in Franklin County, Ohio, six miles west of downtown Columbus. The federal government purchased the site in 1879.

Camp Chase shifted from a training camp for Union Army recruits to a prisoner-of-war camp early in the war. The facility was named after Salmon P. Chase, Treasury Secretary under President Abraham Lincoln, and former governor of Ohio. The first inmates at Camp Chase were chiefly political and military prisoners from Kentucky and Western Virginia allegedly loyal to the Confederacy. Union victories at Fort Donaldson, Tennessee, on Feb. 16, 1862, and at Mississippi River Island No. 10, on April 8, 1862, brought an influx of prisoners. All of the officers taken at these battles were moved to Camp Chase, save for generals and field officers, who were sent to Fort Warren in Boston Harbor.

The establishment of the Confederate Stockade on Johnson's Island in Lake Erie led to the transfer of most of the officers to the new prison. Subsequently, enlisted men and non-commissioned officers made up the bulk of the Confederate soldiers confined at Camp Chase. By 1863 Camp Chase held 8,000 men, the peak of the prison population. Similar to many prisons in the north, Camp Chase was ravaged by disease; during late 1864, a smallpox epidemic resulted in many deaths.

Prior to the establishment of the cemetery at Camp Chase, the Confederate dead were interred in the city cemetery of Columbus. Their remains were re-interred in the prison cemetery after its opening. In addition, the remains of 31 Confederate soldiers who died at Camp Dennison, near Cincinnati, were removed to Camp Chase Cemetery shortly after the cessation of the Civil War.

By the mid 1890's, efforts began to mark the graves of the Confederate dead within Camp Chase Confederate Cemetery. Led by William H. Knauss, a wounded Union veteran, this movement succeeded in bringing together both Union and Confederate veterans organizations to pay tribute to those interred in the cemetery. In 1904, Congress allocated funds for the maintenance of Camp Chase Confederate Cemetery.

Officially, there is an estimate of 2,168 remains in 2,122 gravesites in Camp Chase Confederate Cemetery. However, this does not match the inscription on the Boulder monument.
The Camp Chase site, including the Confederate Cemetery, was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973.

This cemetery is overseen by Dayton National Cemetery.
[source: Dept. of Veterans Affairs]


Burials Submitted by A Friend of Free Genealogy

*Not a Complete Listing!*
There are over 2000 burials in this cemetery


Name

Date of Death

Grave #

Co

Unit

JONES, AB 05/02/1862 2147   PVT INFANTRY
JONES, DAVID 11/09/1864 441   PVT INFANTRY
JONES, E J 11/13/1864 460   INFANTRY
JONES, J 02/19/1865 1340   PVT INFANTRY
JONES, JOHN 01/27/1865 904   PVT CAVALRY
JONES, JOHN 02/01/1865 994   PVT INFANTRY
JONES, LEWIS J 02/10/1865 1166   PVT CAVALRY
JONES, M J 01/29/1865 941   PVT INFANTRY
JONES, MILES D 12/08/1863 78   PVT INFANTRY
JONES, NOAH H 10/12/1863 45   PVT CAVALRY
JONES, RUFUS   02/05/1865   1051   PVT   INFANTRY
JONES, RUFUS H   02/26/1865   1448   PVT   INFANTRY
JONES, SAMUEL   01/31/1865   980   PVT   INFANTRY
JONES, SQUIRE   02/08/1865   1116   CONFEDERATE STATES ARMY
JONES, STEPHEN       509   CONFEDERATE STATES ARMY
JONES, W F   12/13/1864   612   PVT   CAVALRY
JONES, WILEY F   12/04/1864   552   CONFEDERATE STATES ARMY
JONES, WILLIAM E   02/25/1865   1438   PVT   CAVALRY
JONES, WILLIAM N   03/02/1865   1507   CONFEDERATE STATES ARMY

Name

Date of Death

Grave #

Co

Unit

Smith, Robert

25 Sep 1863

29

D

2 Tenn Calvary

Smith, John

16 Jan 1864

96

 

Citizen of WV

Smith, William S

25 Feb 1864

118

C

36 Battalion Va Calvary

Smith, J. B.

9 Feb 1864

108

F

66 NC Calvary

Smith, Virgil

8 Apr 1864

131

B

2 Maryland Calvary

Smith, John H

17 Oct 1864

326

C

1 Ga State Troopers

Smith, Noah B

9 Oct 1864

290

I

42 Ga Reg't

Smith, J. P.

25 Oct 1864

359

D

29 Mississippi Reg't

Smith, William G

2 Dec 1864

545

D

33 Mississippi Reg't

Smith, H.

3 Jan 1865

698

C

2 Ala Reg't

Smith, Morgan

20 Jan 1864

831

D

6 NC Reg't

Smith, Hilliard

26 Jan 1864

894

B

46 Ala Reg't

Smith, C. C.

28 Jan 1865

935

E

36 Va Battalion Calvary

Smith, R. H.

8 Feb 1865

1123

F

32 Ala Reg't

Smith, Jasper C

8 Feb 1865

1110

C

1 (Colquitts) Ark Infantry

Smith, Howell L

11 Feb 1865

1185

A

18 Mississippi Reg't

Smith. A.

13 Feb 1865

1219

D

3 Mississippi Reg't

Smith, Edmon H

15 Feb 1865

1257

G

57 Ala Reg't

Smith, J. O.

16 Feb 1865

1285

D

24 SC Reg't

Smith, Lanson T

22 Feb 1865

1378

H

21 Ga Reg't

Smith, C. M.

24 Feb 1865

1412

A

36 VA Reg't

Smith, James T

24 Feb 1865

1432

E

1 Fla Calvary

Smith, R. H.

2 Mar 1865

1512

C

57 Ala Reg't

Smith, William J

4 Mar 1865

1538

A

6 Fla Reg't



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