1861-1865Libby Prison, one of the most notorious prisons of the Civil War, housed mostly Union officers. It was located at the southeast corner of 20th and Cary streets (the doorway in the floodwall is at 20th, and the wall runs through the site of the building). Its appalling conditions — overcrowding, lack of sanitation and rampant disease — were chronicled by numerous inmates, including Robert Sneden, a Union soldier, who wrote that the prisoners "walk up and down, ragged, shoeless and crawling with vermin." It is estimated that 40,000 to 50,000 prisoners of war came through Libby during the Civil War. Usually after a short stay, they were transferred to larger prisons, such as Belle Isle or Andersonville. In 1889, the building was disassembled and rebuilt in Chicago as a Civil War museum.
|Placed By||Virginia Capital Trail|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Saturday, October 4th, 2014 at 11:50am PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||18S E 285539 N 4156509|
|Decimal Degrees||37.53065000, -77.42710000|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 37° 31.839', W 77° 25.626'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||37° 31' 50.34" N, 77° 25' 37.56" W|
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|Area Code(s)||757, 804|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near 100 Virginia Capital Trail, Richmond VA 23223, US|
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