Elmira prison

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  • Elmira Prison was built in July 1864
  • Elmira became imfamous for its staggering death rate and terrible living conditions.
  • Ceiling of 4,000 Prisoners at Elmira with in a month of its opening that number had swelled to 12,123 men
  • Thomas A. Botts was born on 1817 at Abbeville District Carolina
  • He Joined the confederate army, later on in the war when Confederate troops were entrenched in defense of Petersburg Virginia, Botts was captured.
  • A man named buttons is said to have escaped Elmira by faking his death, according to the article Buttons hid in a coffin that was en route to the cemetery beyond the prison grounds for interment suddenly he popped open the casket lid an ran into the woods.
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