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Andersonville: The Last Depot (1994)

by William Marvel

Other authors: Gary W. Gallagher (Editor)

Series: Civil War America (1994)

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Between February 1864 and April 1865, 41,000 Union prisoners of war were taken to the stockade at Anderson Station, Georgia, where nearly 13,000 of them died. Most contemporary accounts placed the blame for the tragedy squarely on the shoulders of the Confederates who administered the prison or on a conspiracy of higher-ranking officials. According to William Marvel, virulent disease and severe shortages of vegetables, medical supplies, and other necessities combined to create a crisis beyond the captors' control. He also argues that the tragedy was aggravated by the Union decision to suspend prisoner exchanges, which meant that many men who might have returned home were instead left to sicken and die in captivity.… (more)
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During the Civil War, Union prisoners were sent to a number of prisons, including Andersonville. The number of prisoners climbed exponentially and over 13,000 prisoners died. From lack of space, hygiene, medical facilities and food rations it was easier to die than survive. This book provides a fairly balanced account of the prison. It does not gloss over the horrid facts, but it is also quick to point out that Union prisons employed many of the same methods and practices that Andersonville employed. The book provided numerous first-hand stories and accounts, which were fascinating. This book was not dry or boring, but rather very well paced. It kept my attention throughout and provided unique historical details. Overall, highly recommended. ( )
  JanaRose1 | Jun 22, 2012 |
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Between February 1864 and April 1865, 41,000 Union prisoners of war were taken to the stockade at Anderson Station, Georgia, where nearly 13,000 of them died. Most contemporary accounts placed the blame for the tragedy squarely on the shoulders of the Confederates who administered the prison or on a conspiracy of higher-ranking officials. According to William Marvel, virulent disease and severe shortages of vegetables, medical supplies, and other necessities combined to create a crisis beyond the captors' control. He also argues that the tragedy was aggravated by the Union decision to suspend prisoner exchanges, which meant that many men who might have returned home were instead left to sicken and die in captivity.

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