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A panorama of the Elmira Prison Camp in December 1864 by Elmira photographers William Moulton & John Larkin, later infamous as “Helmira “ this is an early commercially sold view of the camp taken from a platform overlooking Water Street. The camp was built on 30 acres on the former Camp Rathbun, Elmira opened in July 1864 and held over 12,000 enlisted Confederate POW’s nearly 3,000 of who died of disease and exposure. The towering platform was built by the Means brothers who charges visitors 10-cents to look at the prisoners. Prisoners who died here were buried in nearby Woodlawn Cemetery.

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