Upon first arriving at this place, I was perplexed. I didn’t see one headstone, only a large stone spire that set up on top of a hill. Surrounded by gates, the green hills of grass made you feel as if you were just in a City Park. Then you realize that you ARE on the bodies, many, many bodies, of Confederate Soldiers who passed away at the hands of the Union Prison in Alton. The Prison, started as the Illinois Penitentiary, was actually closed in 1860, but due to the Union Victory at Fort Donelson, there was a need to hold all of the Confederate soldiers captured. Small pox then ran rapid through out the Prison, and many soldiers and prisoners died from it.
Apparently they tried to mark each soldier’s grave with a wooden stake, but over time, even with projects to identify each body, they decided that it would make more sense to erect the monumet and print the names of each person on the plaques at the base of it.
I felt it was very peaceful here. It was a beautiful day, the sun was shining, and I walked the base and read the names as the wind played with my hair. The rolling hills of green grass that surrounded it were so pleasing to the eye, that it was hard to process the many lives who laid in rest here.
Reports here are of glowing orbs along the hillside, I didn’t see anything. Definitely worth the stop to look, has a very “Gettysburg” feeling to it. Check out the rest of my Haunted Alton Road Trip HERE. Enjoy!!
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