March 2009 Issue
Camp Chase Confederate Cemetery
Ohio’s portion of the Historic National Road offers eclectic insights into the past.
There is perhaps no one place on the National Road that invites more introspection than Camp Chase Confederate Cemetery in Columbus. In the midst of a bustling residential and commercial district, behind a low stone wall, are the graves of 2,260 prisoners who died at this former 165-acre Civil War camp. What was once the entrance of the camp is identified by a historical marker east of Binns Boulevard.
The cemetery itself is located just a few blocks south of U.S. Rte. 40. Rows of white military grave markers are sheltered by mature buckeye and white oak trees. At the center is a monument with a single word inscribed on its high stone arch: “Americans.” It’s good place to stretch your thoughts, as well as your legs.
Camp Chase Confederate Cemetery: 2900 Sullivant Ave., Columbus. If traveling east, follow U.S. Rte. 40 (W. Broad Street)) to S. Hague Avenue and turn right (south). Turn right (west) on Sullivant Avenue. The cemetery will be on your right. Limited parking may be found on adjacent side streets.