Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Variances Sought for Elmira Civil War Prison Building

From the July 17, 2014, Elmira (NY) Star-Gazette by Ray Finger.

Zoning variances to allow the only surviving building at the former prison to be reconstructed are before the Chemung County Planning Board.  The parcel is zoned residential.

It will not be on the exact spot the building formerly was located.

There is speculation the building might have been used as a grainery, pharmacy, death house for storage of bodies (a lot of Confederates died there) until they could be picked up for burial at Woodlawn Cemetery.

--Old Secesh

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