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Historical marker for the Elmira Prison Camp. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/7174327@N06/1975439105/in/photolist-41yAXg-41yDdV">stevehager</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Historical marker for the Elmira Prison Camp. Photo: stevehager, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NY Civil War prison camp building to be rebuilt

ELMIRA, N.Y. (AP) A building from a former Civil War prison camp in Elmira is going to be reconstructed at the original site of the camp, with plans to open it as a museum site.

John Trice of Friends of the Elmira Civil War Prison Camp tells the Elmira Star Gazette construction work is targeted for completion in early July.

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The building has been disassembled in storage for many years.

The prison began operation in July 1864 on the grounds of Camp Rathbun, a Union Army training and muster point that fell into disuse as the Civil War progressed.

More than 12,000 Confederate soldiers were transported by rail to the camp, nicknamed "Hellmira." Nearly 3,000 died from malnutrition, exposure or disease.

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