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Collection Number: 03443-z

Collection Title: Johnson Island Prison Autograph Albums, 1861-1865.

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This collection was rehoused and a summary created with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities; this finding aid was created with support from NC ECHO.

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Size 2 items
Abstract Johnson Island, located in Sandusky, Ohio, operated as a federal prisoner of war depot, housing Confederate officers and other enlisted men captured in battle, from April 1862 to September 1865. The collection includes an album, apparently of John A. Fite, of Carthage, Tenn., colonel, 7th Tennessee Regiment, containing autographs and personal data written by, and relating to, Confederate officers imprisoned at Johnson Island during the Civil War; and an album of Dan M. McClenehan, Fort Deposit, Md., containing similar entries, as well as autographs of friends from Maryland, 1860-1861, and from Baltimore and elsewhere, 1872, 1879, and 1880. The second volume also includes undated photographs of a granite quarry, of individuals, some of whom are identified, and of other subjects; a brief essay on "Friendship, Love, and Truth," 1860; and other items.
Creator Johnson Island Prison.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Restrictions to Use
No usage restrictions.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Johnson Island Prison Autograph Albums, #3443-z, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Purchased from Charles Elder of Nashville, Tenn., 1959. Additional material purchased from Howard S. Mott of Sheffield, Mass., April 1960.
Additional Descriptive Resources
A copy of the original finding aid for this collection is filed in folder 1.
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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Johnson Island, located in Sandusky, Ohio, operated as a federal prisoner of war depot, housing Confederate officers and other enlisted men captured in battle, from April 1862 to September 1865.

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The collection includes an album, apparently of John A. Fite, of Carthage, Tenn., colonel, 7th Tennessee Regiment, containing autographs and personal data written by, and relating to, Confederate officers imprisoned at Johnson Island during the Civil War; and an album of Dan M. McClenehan, Fort Deposit, Md., containing similar entries, as well as autographs of friends from Maryland, 1860-1861, and from Baltimore and elsewhere, 1872, 1879, and 1880. The second volume also includes undated photographs of a granite quarry, of individuals, some of whom are identified, and of other subjects; a brief essay on "Friendship, Love, and Truth," 1860; and other items.

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Processing Information

Processed by: SHC Staff

Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007

Updated by: Kate Stratton and Jodi Berkowitz, June 2010

This collection was rehoused and a summary created with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

This finding aid was created with support from NC ECHO.

Diacritics and other special characters have been omitted from this finding aid to facilitate keyword searching in web browsers.

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