Category Archives: Civil War prisons

no malice, just fact

From The New-York Times November 26, 1865: THE ANDERSONVILLE PRISON.; A Careful and Accurate Survey of the Place. Nature and Condition of the Surrounding Country.The Military Arrangements for the Care of Prisoners. Fearful Revelations of the Character of Their Treatment.Irresistible … Continue reading

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“city of the dead.”

From The New-York Times August 25, 1865: WASHINGTON NEWS.; Return of the Andersonville Burial Party. Their Report Upon the Condition of that Earthly Hell. The Graves of Thirteen Thousand Martyrs Identified. Monuments Erected and the Cemetery Put in Order. The … Continue reading

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Probability of dying at “Hellmira” From a Seneca County, New York newspaper in July 1865: REBEL PRISONERS AT ELMIRA. – The Elmira Advertiser gives the statistics of the number of rebels that have been imprisoned at Elmira. The whole number … Continue reading

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“our sad, though interesting duties”

From a Seneca County, New York newspaper on July 20, 1865: Miss Clara Barton, daughter of Judge Barton, of Worcester, Massachusetts, who has obtained national repute by publishing a list of missing soldiers and by heroic deeds to the wounded, … Continue reading

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Everybody Loves Abraham

From a Seneca County, New York newspaper in April 1865: THE REBEL PRISONERS AT ELMIRA. – It is stated that the rebel prisoners at Elmira were keenly affected by the news of Mr. Lincoln’s assassination, and requested permission to make … Continue reading

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bravely

From the Richmond Daily Dispatch March 18, 1865: Saturday Morning…march 18, 1865. The news. As regards military matters, there is no news. All is quiet at Petersburg and in front of Richmond. The enlistment of negroes in Richmond goes bravely … Continue reading

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praying for spring?

Elmira, New York, as a prison for captured rebels and as a recruiting and mustering in place for new Union soldiers, was in the news 150 years ago this month. From the Richmond Daily Dispatch February 18, 1865: Religion in … Continue reading

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“An army of harmless Yankees”

From a Seneca County, New York newspaper in January 1865: STATISTICS OF LIBBY PRISON. – An army of harmless Yankees have passed through Richmond within the year just expiring. – From the statistics of the clerk of Libby Prison, Mr. … Continue reading

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exterminate them!

A Seneca County, New York newspaper in 1864 said it was skeptical about reports of the horrible conditions in Southern prison camps – until it spoke with a couple native sons who had survived the experience: RETURNED PRISONERS. Lieut. CORT. … Continue reading

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prison necrology

From The New-York Times December 17 1864: THE PRISON PENS IN THE SOUTH; Necrology of the Union Captives. The Dead at Savannah, at Florence and at Andersonville. Leaves from a Diary Kept at Florence, South Carolina. Glimpses of Life in … Continue reading

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