Camp Chase Chronicles Introduction

This work was compiled with the intent to consolidate information on the subject of Camp Chase. This could not have been done without the help of many interested persons, such as, David Roth, John Ward, Alice Baker and the many other people who have lead us to the sources of this information. This data has been copied here for the purpose of aiding researchers in the search for original sources relating to Camp Chase. The Official Records of the War of the Rebellion has been searched for information relating to Columbus and Camp Chase , as well as other notable sources which all are noted with the text they were copied from. This Project is on going and will constantly be updated.

Paul A. Clay
January 1991

AL = Alfred Lee's The History of Columbus, Capital of Ohio ,1892 It shall be Vol. 2 unless , Noted as Vol. 1

BM = Civil War Diaries & Letters of Bliss Morse , First Edition, Compiled, Edited, and Published by Loren J. Morse, 1985

Camp Chase Article Century Magazine: : By Dr. Wyath. April 1891.

HD = War Album of Henry O. Dwight. of the 20th O.V.I. Co. D. which is located at the Ohio Historical Society but was copied from the Civil War Times February 1980 series which was edited by Albert Castel.

JG = The Wild Life of the Army, Civil War Letters of James A Garfield Edited by Frederick D. Williams 1964

Ohio's Military Prisons in the Civil War; Phillip R. Shriver and Donald J. Breen; ; Article; Ohio State University Press; 1964

OR = The Official Records of the War of the Rebellion: Union and Confederate Armies Series II (Prison)1898

Rambling Recollections an Autobiography by A.D. Rockwell ,1920: pages 112-118: BR 539

Columbus, Ohio its History, Resources, and Progress : Studer, Jacob: 1873 .

Terror and Horrors of Prison Life or Six Months a Prisoner at Camp Chase, by W.H. Duff, 1907.

Three Hundred Days in a Yankee Prison, by John H. King, published by Jas. P. Daves Atlanta, Ga.:1904.

Under the Flag of the Nation: Diaries and letters of a Yankee volunteer in the Civil War: Edited by Otto F. Bond , Ohio State University Press Columbus for The Ohio Historical Society, 1961.

WK = The Story of Camp Chase, by William H. Knauss 1906.

Camp Chase Photographers
Manfred Marsden Griswold, Post Photographer
E. E. Miller, Photographer

Columbus General Background

1797-Franklinton laid out by Lucas Sullivant in 1797.

1803-Ohio became a state in 1803

1812-Columbus became the Capital of Ohio on February 14, 1812.

1823-Lucas Sullivant's death after the flood of 1823. Left much of the property west of Franklinton to his three sons William, Michael & Joseph. William Sullivant owned most of the land north of the National Road. Michael Sullivant owned the land South of the National Road. Both brothers built houses on what is now known as the Hilltop which came from the name " Sullivant's hill"

1834- The National Road is built through Franklinton and Columbus running East to West.
Also the area four miles west of Columbus which will later be Camp Chase is used as a race track for horses.

1861- January 1. The old race track land (Lot 7.) belonging to Michael Sullivant is sold to John G. Holloway of Kentucky.

Forward to Camp Chase Chronicles, 1861

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