Andersonville: The Last Depot (Civil War America)
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.
For $3,390.40, thus clearing his title to the rest of the land. 97 A series of superintendents and Quartermaster Department officers maintained the graves, installing the remains of nearly a thousand more bodies from all over Georgia—men who had died in Stoneman’s raid, in the occupation force, or on the road to Millen, Blackshear, or Thomasville. One civil engineer proposed a vast new cemetery with trees and shrubbery, but the frail skeletons in the serried graves had moldered too far for such.
Regiments assigned to that vicinity. The only unit reporting the recent loss of any prisoners there was the 11th Tennessee Cavalry, an entire battalion of which was surprised and captured five miles east of Cumberland Gap on February 22. The carrier, who perhaps brought the disease with him from a recent sojourn in Knoxville, naturally gravitated toward his own countrymen as soon as he entered prison; that would explain the high ratio of Tennesseeans among those who died. Since Richmond officials.
Movements Governor Brown issued a proclamation demanding activation of the militia, including certain civil officers who had heretofore enjoyed exemptions. He continued to protect legislators, judges, sheriffs, county clerks, and employees of the penitentiary and railroad, though he asked these to come forward voluntarily. From Sumter and surrounding counties some fifty petty officials and militia officers departed, among them Major Timothy Furlow. Thanks to the addition of a few militia.
Detailed in the cookhouse and bakery would have had even greater reason than Duncan to misappropriate food, for, although they received an extra ration for their labor, they also needed vegetables and fruit to sustain good health. Such dainties could be had for a price, especially in early June, but they cost a great deal in the common coin of cornbread, particularly after many of the prisoners’ palates began rejecting it. 35 Andersonville -The Last Depot Page 60 With June, cornbread and.
Them. The throng knocked one man into a shallow well, from which he called in vain for help. Thick mud slowed Curtis, but he wallowed deeper, crossing the stream and staggering up the far slope. His pursuers raced around by the bridge to close his escape, falling on him in such numbers that the exhausted fugitive could not resist. 63 While they dragged the gasping Curtis back over the bridge, other regulators shouldered his five companions together on the scaffold and fitted the ropes around.