Wednesday, September 6, 2023

“The True Story of Andersonville Prison” by James Madison Page

Andersonville is a name that conjures up a dark history. It was a prison camp for Union soldiers, placed in the Georgia countryside about 100 miles south of Atlanta. It was operated for slightly more than a ear, from 1864 to 1865. Some 45,000 Union soldiers were imprisoned there; 13,000 of them died. It’s now operated as a historical site by the U.S. National Park Service.  

For comparison, the prison at Elmira, New York operated by the Union at roughly the same time, housed 12,000 Confederate prisoners, of which almost 3,000 died. The Union prison at Alton, Illinois housed Confederate soldiers, Union soldiers, and civilians; of the 11,000 prisoners, some 1,534 are known to have died. (Alton was noted for outbreaks of smallpox and measles.)


Andersonville remains the Civil War prison with the worst, and largely well-deserved reputation. It’s also known for one other event – its commandant, the Swiss born Major Henry Wirz, was executed after the war for the crimes he allegedly committed at the prison. The immediate post-war period was a time of outrage and demands for retribution, and what had happened at Andersonville was exhibit No. 1.

To continue reading, please see my post today at Dancing Priest.

Some Wednesday Readings


Les Miserables, the American Civil War, and Women “When It All Went Wrong”  and Les Miserables, the American Civil War, and the Plight of Orphans – Sarah Kay Bierle at Emerging Civil War.


At Highgate Cemetery – Spitalfields Life. 


It’s harder than ever to rise above the noise. It’s also a golden age for writers – Nathan Bransford.


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