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 - Then came the Civil War and need of militaiy...
Then came the Civil War and need of militaiy prisons The Alton Institution was Ideally located on the nvei, making It possible to bring the Confederate soldiers up river on steam boats Military au- thoiities at St. Louis made arrangements with state officials for use of the abandoned buildings and the enclosure. During tho four years of war many prlsoncis were released through exchange of soldieis or taking the oath of allegiance to the United States. A number of the Southerners confined at Alton weie men of Importance. One was Col. Ebonezcr Mngoffln, brother of a Governor of Kentucky. Me was under sentence be shot for tho minder of a Union ·oldier. Mngoffin and several associates- escaped during July, 1862. The first contingent of prisoners was brought up the Mississippi River by boat imd landed at Alton on ruaiy 9, 1862. Bctvvpen R double line of Union soldiers they were matched the short distance from the river their prison abodes. At times during the war as many as 2,000 prisoners were confined at Alter.. Forty-six ot the Confederate soldiers were participants in an attempted escape from the prison on July 3, 1884. They made an. attack wpon th» gwnta Th* fight tasted a short tin* and. whw. the

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  1. The Edwardsville Intelligencer,
  2. 15 Nov 1937, Mon,
  3. Page 5

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