Johnson’s Island Cemetery

jistatueWhile visiting Marblehead in August of 2006 with my Wife and Son along with my Sister and her husband we decided to cross the toll bridge and visit Johnson’s Island. We have heard the stories of the Haunted cemetery, the legendary prison as well as the spirits of Confederate soldiers that are said to be seen wandering the island. We did not have Investigation equipment with us at the time but I always have a digital camera in the car. We visited the cemetery first. We found this cemetery very well kept and has a rather peaceful setting.

Photo Gallery below the fold.

My Son thought it was really cool that he was able to see Cedar Point across the way.  I took several photos while walking the grounds. We then drove the island until we found a land marker were the prison sat years ago. We took several more photo’s of the property that hosted the prison. We did not experience any paranormal, but found that this was a very pleasant drive and is worth visiting while vacationing the Great Lakes.

Below is another great story along with a couple pictures from our friends at Dead Ohio

Within Johnson’s Island, surrounded by mostly private residential property, lies the Confederate Stockade Cemetery.  It is located near Marblehead Peninsula on Lake Erie near Sandusky.  The entire island served as a prison camp for Civil War Confederate soldiers between 1862 and 1865.

This site cannot do justice to this island’s history and legacy.  Much has been researched about the stockade that cannot, unfortunately, be covered here.

What can be told is that the stockade was comprised of about one dozen barracks, hastily built to house and contain the Union’s growing Confederate POW population.  While the prison was designed to hold approximately 2,500 Confederate prisoners, it quickly became overcrowded.  During the 40 months of operation, over 10,000 prisoners passed through here.

The North’s version of the prison’s history tends to downplay the living conditions and treatment of its prisoners.  To be sure, the Confederate prisoners did create their own community of sorts, developing their own trade system, and had even established a theatre.  However, life was particularly harsh for the soldiers.  Credible stories were found of mistreatment towards the soldiers during the latter years, and food and other resources grew increasingly scarce as the prison became more overpopulated.  Furthermore, the barracks were built from materials that were not designed to withstand Lake Erie’s extreme climate changes–prisoners stuff.

The most recent archaeological research (including infrared scans of the island) strongly suggests that more than 100 additional, unmarked graves exist throughout the island. Located in the summers and froze in the winter.  Many died from disease and illness. Not surprisingly, the cemetery has a  reputation of being haunted.  The spirits of uniformed Confederate soldiers are said to be seen wandering the island.

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