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Cahaba Prison

Cahaba Prison was located on the banks of the Alabama and Cahaba Rivers, which are located near Selma, Alabama. Before the war, Cahaba was a cotton warehouse, but during the war, held about 5,000 Union prisoners. The size, thought no where near the size of Andersonville, or other prisons, was about 16,000 feet.

The water supply at Cahaba was very bad. It came form an Artisen Well located by an open street gutter. This caused for many diseases in Cahaba. The officer commanding the prison, however, cared well for the prisoners. The commander, H.A.M. Henderson was a methodist minister, and a very respectable man.

Although Cahaba, right now, is virtually a ghost town, archaeologists are working on uncovering Cahaba's past.

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