Johnson's Island in Ohio is arguably the state's best known Civil War landmark. In 1861, the U.S. Army leased 40 cleared acres of the island in order to create a prisoner of war depot. The depot was in operation from 1862 to 1865, when the site began new life as an agricultural station. Recently, David Bush and some of his archaeology colleagues began an excavation on the site in order to locate the barracks that once housed Confederate POWs. This site, offered by Archaeology Magazine, allows users to journey along as the team performs their work. Visitors can look over the field reports filed by the team, read an interview with David Bush, and also read letters and diary notes from the original prisoners and their guards.
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