While far from the fighting, there was a prisoner of war camp in Madison during the Civil War. Many of the wounded prisoners were in poor physical shape and about 140 died and were buried in Forest Hill Cemetery.
Madisonian Alice Whiting Waterman did not know the men who died, but she was from the South. She made sure the graves were maintained and procured permanent headstones at her own expense. She was also interred there, as the guardian of Confederate Rest.
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