History of Andersonville Prison

History of Andersonville Prison

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"An outstanding study of Andersonville--both a vivid description of the conditions that resulted in high mortality among the prisoners as well as a balanced and unbiased evaluation of the officials responsible."-- Journal of Southern History

"Futch has carefully sifted through a host of unofficial memoirs, letters, and diaries as well as official records to develop an intriguing account of what happened at Andersonville."-- Civil War History

In February 1864, five hundred Union prisoners of war arrived at the Confederate stockade at Anderson Station, Georgia. Andersonville, as it was later known, would become legendary for its brutality and mistreatment, with the highest mortality rate--over 30 percent--of any Civil War prison.

Fourteen months later, 32,000 men were imprisoned there. Most of the prisoners suffered greatly because of poor organization, meager supplies, the Federal government's refusal to exchange prisoners, and the cruelty of men supporting a government engaged in a losing battle for survival.

Who was responsible for allowing so much squalor, mismanagement, and waste at Andersonville? Looking for an answer, Ovid Futch cuts through charges and countercharges that have made the camp a subject of bitter controversy. He examines diaries and firsthand accounts of prisoners, guards, and officers, and both Confederate and Federal government records (including the transcript of the trial of Capt. Henry Wirz, the alleged "fiend of Andersonville"). First published in 1968, this groundbreaking volume has never gone out of print.

Publisher: Gainesville : University Press of Florida, [2011], ©2011
Edition: Revised edition
ISBN: 9780813036915
Branch Call Number: 973.771 Fu
Description: xxx, 146 pages : illustrations, map ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Gray, Michael P. 1968-


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