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 Smallpox Island Memorial

Smallpox Island Memorial

Death unknown
Burial West Alton, St. Charles County, Missouri, USA
Memorial ID 5859817 · View Source
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Monument faces south and is in memory of the 263 Confederate prisoners of war and 16 civilians who died from smallpox between August 1, 1863 and March 31, 1865. Once stricken with the deadly disease, prisoners at the Alton Federal Military Prison were banished to the the small island's quarantine hospital across the Mississippi River. When the prisoners died, they were buried on the island, as were people who died of the disease in Alton. The total number of burials is estimated to be 440. The inscription reads "The remains of these Southern patriots rest beneath the regulation pool of the Melvin Price Locks and Dam. This monument is dedicated to their sacrifice and memory." Names of soldiers, their ranks, state military divisions and dates of death are engraved on the sides of the monument.

Bio by: Connie Nisinger

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  • Created by: Connie Nisinger
  • Added: 19 Oct 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 5859817
  • Brian D. McKinney
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Smallpox Island Memorial (unknown–unknown), Find A Grave Memorial no. 5859817, citing Lincoln Shields Recreation Area, West Alton, St. Charles County, Missouri, USA ; Maintained by Connie Nisinger (contributor 74) .