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  • Elmira Prison is a Union Prison controlled by the Union Army. The Occupants were Union soldiers the prisoners were Confederate prisoners of the war. 
  • In 12 months 2,970 of the 12,100 prisoners would die from combination of malnutrition continued exposure to harsh winter weather & disease. 
  • There were many escape attempts only 10 men were successful. Bodies were prepared for Burial at the camp & transferred to Woodlawn Cemetery 
  • In Winter of 1864-65 was lethally cold temperature dropped to -18  F. February storm dumped over two feet of snow. 
  • Reduced rationing began to take it's toll on the prisoners as they reduced to eating rats by march hundreds of men had frozen to death or succumbed to disease. 
  • 3,000 men buried at cemetery are unknown.
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