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Looks at the mistreatment of captured Confederate officers
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Told through the personal letters, diaries, and written testimonies of Confederate heroes, this is the story of six hundred Southern officers who were denied parole by the North and forced to endure months of unjustified suffering.
In 1864, Lincoln and his war council canceled the prisoner exchange program, and the Union army refused to release hundreds of captured Confederates. Instead, they chose to make examples of these men by imprisoning them in unthinkable conditions. Many were tortured and killed. Others were not released until July 1865, months after the end of the Civil War.
Mauriel Phillips Joslyn includes excerpts from the officers' journals, written in their own compelling voices, and describes the horrendous treatment of these soldiers in gripping detail. Joslyn also gives accounts from both Union and Confederate points of view to illustrate how Yankee prisoners were treated in comparison to the unbelievable suffering endured by Confederate soldiers in Northern camps.
This is the story of how the U.S. prisoner of war program crumbled under Lincoln's control and redeveloped into the U.S. policy of retaliation. The brutal consequences of the Union's actions are shown through the personal accounts of those six hundred captives who faced pain and death for their loyalty to the South and earned immortality.
Mauriel Phillips Joslyn was born in Manchester, Georgia. She received her bachelor of arts degree in history from Mary Washington College in Virginia, where she studied local Civil War battlefields. She went on to earn a masters in history from Georgia College and State University.
Joslyn has worked as a horse-riding instructor and as a librarian at Virginia Tech. She is the author of Confederate Women, published by Pelican, and has had Civil War articles published in Gettysburg Magazine, United Daughters of the Confederacy Magazine, and Military Heritage. She lives in Sparta, Georgia, where she spends her time restoring an 1822 house and participating in Civil War reenactments.From the Back Cover:
"It was soon apparent that there was a determination to make us live down to the very lowest limit capable of sustaining life . . . So extreme was the hunger of some that they dug down with their hands for grass roots for subsistence."
--Capt. Henry Dickinson, Second Virginia Cavalry
In 1864, the fortunes of the South were declining steadily, and six hundred Confederate prisoners of war were forced to represent their dying country's desperation. President Lincoln's war council had decided to stop all prisoner exchanges, leaving countless Confederate soldiers in Union hands. Despite the number of prisoners denied freedom, none suffered so much as the six hundred Confederate officers who were made to serve as examples to their countrymen. Here, their own words describe the cruelties and deprivations they experienced at the hands of their Union captors.
In Charleston Harbor, fifty officers were used as human shields against artillery fire from their own armies and comrades. Elsewhere, Confederate officers were held in deliberately inhumane conditions, in unheated quarters, given a food ration so low that they gradually starved, and were denied medicinal care. Slowly, the soldiers died from malnutrition, exposure, and disease. Courageous and heroic, all six hundred of these men served their country just as proudly as their allies on the battlefield and fought for the ideals they held so dear.
Author Mauriel Phillips Joslyn recreates a story of the undeniable horrors of Lincoln's policy and the mistreatment of the prisoners in his power.
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Book Description White Mane Pub, 1996. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110942597966
Book Description White Mane Pub, 1996. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0942597966