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Johnson's Island Cemetery

3416 Columbus Avenue, Sandusky, OH 44870, USA

The Union army established a prisoner of war depot on Johnson's Island from April 1862, to September 1865. This cemetery holds the graves of 206 Confederate soldiers who died while imprisoned here. Individual home-owners privately own the remainder of the island. The nearby museum exhibits images, artifacts, letters, and other materials covering the island's history, including the forty months that the POW depot existed.


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To go to Johnson's Island, exit at the SR 269 exit ramp, follow the ramp and bear to the right (south) onto SR 269. The first intersection will be Bayshore Road. Turn left (east) onto Bayshore and travel east 5.9 miles to Gaydos drive. (Before reaching Gaydos, be careful to remain on Bayshore Road as it bears right (east) while Hartshorn Rd. goes straight (north). This is marked with a blue circle on the map below.) Turn right (south) onto Gaydos and drive to the tollgate and causeway to the island. Once on the island, proceed straight after stopping at the four-way intersection. The Confederate cemetery is a short distance on the left (east) side. Please remember to bring $2.00 (payable by either dollars or quarters) to pay the toll to the island.

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Free; $2.00 toll to cross Causeway.


Cemetery, Daily: Sunrise to sunset; Museum (Memorial Day-Labor Day, weekends and holidays) 1:00 P.M.-4:00 P.M.; other times by appointment.



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