Tag Archives: Prisoners of War

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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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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no relief

Secretary of State William H. Seward was not going to let the British distribute aid to rebels in Union prison camps. From the Richmond Daily Dispatch December 12, 1864: The British Relief Fund for Confederate prisoners — Seward Refuses to … Continue reading

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Abe’s Cornerstone

The Union must be preserved and slavery is wrong. Nevertheless, the president still released two rebel prisoners. From The Papers And Writings Of Abraham Lincoln, Volume Seven: MEMORANDUM, DECEMBER 3, 1864. On Thursday of last week, two ladies from Tennessee … Continue reading

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“insurrectionists cried out for mercy”

A Richmond newspaper admired the effectiveness and restraint of the Confederate garrison that thwarted an attempted mass escape by Union prisoners at Salisbury, North Carolina. From a Seneca County, New York newspaper in December 1864: Attempt of the Union Prisoners … Continue reading

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Andersonville North

“in a land of plenty; to die of lingering torture.” From the Richmond Daily Dispatch November 16, 1864: The Treatment of Southern prisoners at the North. We find in the Washington National Intelligencer a private letter relative to the condition … Continue reading

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“callous ears”

So far I have not seen any evidence of a deputation from the Savannah prisoners to President Lincoln; a Democrat paper made political use of the undoubted suffering of prisoners of war. From a Seneca County, New York newspaper in … Continue reading

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utilitarian argument?

From a Seneca County, New York newspaper in September 1864: Terrible Suffering of Federal Prisoners. The public mind is becoming very much disturbed at the terrible condition of the Federal prisoners now in the hands of the enemy. Among the … Continue reading

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sufferings north and south

A Richmond paper reported that sanitary conditions were better at Fort Delaware and the daily death rate was lower. Overall conditions were still not very good and winter would be tough with only one blanket per prisoner. Tobacco would be … Continue reading

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lost and found

In the summer of 1863 prisoner exchanges between North and South were stopped, for the most part, because the South would not exchange captured black soldiers. From the Richmond Daily Dispatch August 27, 1864: Captured negroes. –Among the captures from … Continue reading

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