Belle Isle Prison, U.S. Civil War

The Confederacy’s Belle Isle Prison

During the U.S. Civil War, the Belle Isle Prison was utilized by the Confederate government to harbor Union soldier prisoners during the U.S. Civil War. There were about 20,000 prisoners held at Belle Isle Island and about 1,000 died due to the unsanitary conditions there.

Union soldier released from the Belle Isle Prison On June 1, 1864. (Library of Congress).