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While in the hands of the enemy : military prisons of the Civil War

Author: Charles W Sanders
Publisher: Baton Rouge : Louisiana State University Press, [2017] ©2005
Series: Conflicting worlds.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Louisiana Paperback EditionView all editions and formats
"During the four years of the American Civil War, over 400,000 soldiers - one in every seven who served in the Union and Confederate armies - became prisoners of war. In northern and southern prisons alike, inmates suffered horrific treatment. Even healthy young soldiers often sickened and died within weeks of entering the stockades. In all, nearly 56,000 prisoners succumbed to overcrowding, exposure, poor  Read more...

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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Charles W Sanders
ISBN: 0807166634 9780807166635
OCLC Number: 960030874
Description: x, 390 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: A people unprepared --
"The crisis is fast approaching": the initial prisoners --
"They had not been expected in such numbers": the Confederate prisoner-of-war system, July-December 1861 --
"A state of perpetual twilight": the Union prisoner-of-war system, June-December 1861 --
"Our government must change its policy": the move to the exchange cartel of 1862 --
The period of exchange under the cartel: July 1862-December 1863 --
Prelude to catastrophe: Union and Confederate prisons, July-December 1863 --
"Disgraceful to all concerned": the Union and Confederate prisoner-of-war systems, 1864 --
"Too sad to be patiently considered": the end and afterlife of the prison systems --
"The real cause of the suffering": testimony, evidence, and verdict.
Series Title: Conflicting worlds.
Responsibility: Charles W. Sanders, Jr.


Historians of the American Civil War have generally blamed prison conditions and mortality rates on factors beyond the control of Union and Confederate command, but Charles Sanders, Jr boldly  Read more...


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