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Camp Chase Historical Photo

The Confederate cemetery in Columbus’s Hilltop neighborhood marks the place where, 140 years ago, a prisoner of war camp stood. At that time the location was well outside the city limits. In May of 1861 a Union military training ground was established here under the name Camp Jackson; by July of that year, when the first prisoners were admitted, its name had been changed to honor President Lincoln’s Secretary of State (and later Chief Justice of the Supreme Court), Hamilton County native Salmon P. Chase.

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