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Commonwealth Machine Co. (C. R.Thomas Building, Federal Prison No. 6)
This three-story, Gothic Revival, former tobacco factory was built for William T. Sutherlin (see PI52), who hosted President Jefferson Davis in the last days of the Confederacy. It is the only remaining Danville building of six in which the Confederates held Union prisoners. All of them were originally tobacco factories or warehouses and all became utter hellholes. Of the more than 7,000 prisoners held in them, 1,400 died. When this building's interior was gutted and rebuilt in 1915, the floor heights were changed and the windows, now mostly bricked up, were modified accordingly.
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