Confederate Prisoner of War Camp
— Union Prisoners —The initial prisoners to arrive at Camp Ford were kept in the open with no stockade. Panic resulted with the arrival with over 600 prisoners October 23, 1863. The Camp Commander, Col. R.T.P. Allen, with only 40 guards, discovered a plot among the prisoners for a mass break out. Planters in the area were called upon to bring their slaves and erect a stockade. The work commenced on November 11 and within 10 days an area of about three and a half acres was enclosed with a wall made of split logs standing sixteen feet out of the ground.
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|Placed By||Smith County Historical Society|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 at 12:17am PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||15S E 286723 N 3586683|
|Decimal Degrees||32.39681667, -95.26753333|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 32° 23.809', W 95° 16.052'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||32° 23' 48.54" N, 95° 16' 3.12" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near 6725 US-271, Tyler TX 75708, US|
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