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Camp Chase Confederate Cemetery

tells the story of Camp Chase, one of the largest prisoner-of-war camps for Confederate soldiers during the Civil War. Located on the western outskirts of Columbus, Ohio, the camp -- now a cemetery for Confederate soldiers -- played a key role in the evolution of federal policy on marking Confederate graves. (National Park Service, Teaching with Historic Places)

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Interesting Fact:

The process of marking the graves of Civil War veterans evolved over nearly 70 years. Initially, the federal government focused solely on marking the graves of the Union dead. However, some northern state governments developed independent policies and entitlements for Confederate veterans. The earliest government mention of marking Confederate graves was 1876 in a report of the Senate Committee on Military Affairs.
Camp Chase Confederate Cemetery. (Photo by Paul LaRue)

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