The Horrors of Andersonville: Life and Death Inside a Civil War Prison

The Horrors of Andersonville: Life and Death Inside a Civil War Prison

Catherine Gourley


The accomplice legal often called Andersonville existed for less than the final fourteen months of the Civil warfare - yet its well-documented legacy of horror has lived on within the diaries of its prisoners and the transcripts of the trial of its commandant.

The diaries describe appalling stipulations within which vermin-infested males have been crowded into an open stockade with a unmarried befouled circulate as their water resource. foodstuff used to be scarce and scientific provides nearly nonexistent. The our bodies of these who didn't continue to exist the evening needed to be cleared away every one morning.

Designed to deal with 10,000 Yankee prisoners, Andersonville held 32,000 in the course of August 1864. approximately a 3rd of the 45,000 prisoners who undergone the camp perished. publicity, hunger, and illness have been the most reasons, yet excessively harsh penal practices or even violence between themselves contributed to the remarkable demise fee. on the finish of the battle, outraged Northerners demanded retribution for such travesties, and they...

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