Although I have been investigating
the archaeological resources at Johnson's Island for many
years, I have been very interested in the personal accounts
that the prisoners have left behind about their experiences
while a prisoner there.
It has been very helpful in
interpreting the archaeological resources to learn how the
prisoners responded to the challenges of being incarcerated
at a prison facility so far north. These personal accounts
come in the form of letters, diaries, and reminisces
published after the war. Since I have created this internet
site, I have received many requests for information about
prisoners that were at Johnson's Island. I have
collect many sources of information about POWs at Johnson's
Island both to enhance my own research and to help others
find out about their relatives. Therefore, I am very happy
to try and help discover information about a POW that you
may be interested in, with the hope that you will be able to
share with me information that you have concerning their
stay at Johnson's Island.
We have recently been
loaned the diary of Captain John Thomas Howe, Co. E, 4th
Follow our transcription and
interpretation of this recent contribution to our historical
record of this site. This should help to illustrate
just how important these documents are to all of our
understanding of this most important part of US history.
One of the resources that I
use to find out about POWs at Johnson's Island are the
various official lists that were created at Johnson's Island
during its use as a prison. These lists are maintained at
the National Archives, and I have gotten copies on microfilm
that I use (with students help) to look up prisoners.
Click here to see
some of the lists I use.
If you are interested in
finding out what I may have on your relative, all you need
to do is contact me and I will see what information that
exists on them. I get many requests, thus it can take some
time till I can actually get the information to you.
However, I keep your requests on file and as I go through
other prisoner records (letters and diaries) I often find
additional information about those that you are requesting
information about. As I receive your information (even if
its just the family's oral history), it can often provide
data on others that someone else may be very excited to
firstname.lastname@example.org to request prisoner
In your request, try to let
me know as much as you can about your relative's name, rank,
unit, and when you believe he was captured. I would also
like to know how you are related to the POW. Additionally,
if you provide me your regular mail address, I can send you
the Prisoner Research Record when it is prepared.
As time permits, I hope to
include some of the family histories that I have encountered
through the kindness of those that have shared their