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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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