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part state derived more were were subdued seven /were dead five otheis wounded. Several Southern women were as prisoners at Alton during the Two of them died while in prison. Before the war ended an epidemic of smallpox broke out in the prison. Those taken sick were transferred an Island la the Mississippi River. Eighty of the prisoners and several Union guards died on the island were buried In unmarked graves. There were 1,354 prisoners who died at Alton during- their confinement. confinement. They were buried In a Confederate Confederate Cemetery in North Alton. granite shaft with bronze plates containing the names of the soldiers stands near the center of the cemetery. When Joliet prison became Alton was again considered ns the site for a second prison. Protests raised by a number of citizens and Menard, a short distance north of Chester, was selected for the site a new prison. Some years after the close of Civil War stones in the buildings enclosure of the Alton prison, began disappearing. They were used In other construction. Today the few stones in "Uncle Remus Park," probably three truck loads, are the remains of the old prison, famous because It was the beginning of the state's penal institutions and secondly for the part It took in the Civil