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Tioga Students Visit Historical Sites In Elmira

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This morning, about 80 students from the Williamson High School in Tioga, Pennsylvania visited several Civil War related locations in Elmira. 

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Doug Oakes, speaks with students from Williamson HS about the rifles that were used during that time.

The students were rotated through multiple locations, including the site of the Elmira Prison Camp, Woodlawn National Cemetery, and the John W. Jones Museum. Led by volunteers of the Civil War Prison Camp group, students were taught about the role Elmira played in the Civil War, as well as about the living conditions faced by soldiers and prisoners at the camp. 

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The Elmira Civil War Prison Camp is the reconstruction of an original camp building located on the grounds of the original Barracks #3, that served as both a Union training and later prisoner of war camp. The purpose of the building’s role is unknown at this time. Based on its structure, it was most probably a general purpose or utility building. For more information about the project and the group, go to http://www.elmiraprisoncamp.com

The John W. Jones Museum commemorates the life and work of the former slave, who as an Underground Railroad Station Master, safely assisted nearly 800 slaves’ flight to Canada and was responsible for the dignified burial of nearly 3000 Confederate soldiers. For more information about the museum, go to http://www.johnwjonesmuseum.org

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