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The Union Army contracted with sutlers to sell goods such as stationery, toothbrushes, and combs to the prisoners at Johnson's Island Prison to supplement their often-meager rations. Prisoners were issued tickets as scrip to be used for transactions.…

There were several recorded escape attempts at Johnson's Island Prison. This ladder, constructed primarily of scrap wood and rope made from cloth, is believed to have been used during one escape attempt. It is approximately eight feet long. The…

This photograph depicts Hoffman's Battalion, the volunteer unit assigned to guard the Confederate prisoners at Johnson's Island. Hoffman's Battalion guarded the island from the Spring of 1832 until January 1864. At that time six more companies were…

This photograph depicts the commissioned officers of Hoffman's Battalion, the volunteer unit assigned to guard the Confederate prisoners at Johnson's Island Prison. Hoffman's Battalion guarded the island from the Spring of 1832 until January 1864.…

This watercolor drawing, painted on the back of an illegible letter, was created by an unknown Confederate prisoner held at Johnson's Island Prison. Prisoners were permitted to send and receive an unlimited number of letters, although the length was…

This photograph depicts the soldiers' barracks at Johnson's Island, with members of Hoffman's Battalion, the volunteer unit assigned to guard the Confederate prisoners, in the foreground. Johnson's Island, the site of a Civil War prison camp, is…

A photo of the Bronze Monument to Confederate Soldiers at the Confederate Cemetery on Johnson's Island. Dedicated by the United Daughters of the Confederacy in 1910.

A postcard of the Powder & Block House on Johnson's Island that was sent from Confederate prisoners back to friends and family.

Letter from Joseph E. Ratliff, Confederate prisoner on Johnson's Island, 6 February 1864