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Ask a Genealogist: Where and what was Camp Parole in the Civil War?

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Question:

Can you explain what "Camp Parole" was during the Civil War? It was a destination my ancestor was at during his military career.

Answer:

Camp Parole was once located in Annapolis, Maryland. It was used by the Union Army for recently paroled former P.O.W. (Prisoner's of War). When a Union veteran was released from a P.O.W. camp he was sent here before being sent home, or back to his military unit.
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