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Woodlawn National Cemetery

1825 Davis Street, Elmira, NY 14901, USA

In 1861, the town of Elmira, NY was a training and marshalling center for Union troops. After the troops had been sent out on duty, and the barracks were empty, the buildings were used as a prisoner-of-war camp. Approximately 12,000 Confederate enlisted men were housed here, in what was originally known as Camp Rathbun, and approximately 3,000 men died here. Fortunately, the sexton of the cemetery, an escaped slave, kept a meticulous record of each Confederate burial. So, in 1907, when the federal government was authorized to erect a marble headstone at each grave, it was possible to inscribe them with the soldier's name, company regiment and grave number. There are several monuments to the civil war dead, along with a grave locator available on site.


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From Interstate 86, Horseheads NY head east on I-86 E take exit 53 towar Center St, turn left onto Center street, turn left to merge onto NY-13S, continue onto NY 17 W, take exit 52 B toward NY 14S/Elmira Heights, turn right onto NY-14 S/Corning Rd continue to follow NY-14S, turn right onto W McCanns Blvd, turn left onto Davis St, Destination will be on the right.

Visitor Services

Public restrooms, information, handicapped access

Available Interpretation

Interpretation through monuements/grave locator

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Office: Monday-Friday: 8:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M., Visitation: Sunrise to Sunset



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