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Andersonville, The Story of Rebel Military Prisons

John McElroy

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ISBN 10: 158218142X / ISBN 13: 9781582181424
Published by Digital Scanning, Inc., Scituate, Massachusetts
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A reproduction of a book which was orginally published in 1879. It retains the drawings from that edition. Bookseller Inventory # 9442

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Title: Andersonville, The Story of Rebel Military ...

Publisher: Digital Scanning, Inc., Scituate, Massachusetts

Binding: Trade Paperback

Book Condition:As New

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The years 1864-5 were a season of desperate battles, but in that time many more Union soldiers were slain behind the Rebel armies, by starvation and exposure, than were killed by cannon and rifle. The country has heard much of the heroism and sacrifices of those loyal youths who fell on the field of battle; it has heard little of the still greater number who died in prison pens. It knows full well how grandly her sons met death in front of the serried ranks of treason, but little of the sublime firmness with which they endured unto the death, all that ingenious cruelty their foes could inflict upon them while in captivity.

It is to help supply this deficiency that this book is written. It describes the spectacle and process of seventy thousand young, strong, able-bodied men, starving and rotting to death in Andersonville prison. Such a gigantic tragedy as this stuns the mind and benumbs the imagination.

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John McElroy (1846-1929) was an American printer, soldier, journalist and author, best known for writing the novel The Red Acorn (1885) and the original four-volume Andersonville: A Story of Rebel Military Prisons (1879), based upon his lengthy confinement in the Confederate Andersonville prison camp during the American Civil War. It quickly became a bestseller and remained popular for the next twenty years. In 1864, he was among dozens of men captured in a skirmish near Jonesville, Virginia, by Confederate cavalrymen under William E. Jones. McElroy was sent to a variety of camps before being assigned to Andersonville prison, where he remained for the rest of the war. After the war ended, McElroy was released from captivity and transported back to the North. He settled in Chicago and resumed the printer's trade. He became a local reporter and newspaperman before moving to Toledo, Ohio, to become an editor of the Toledo Blade. In 1908, McElroy wrote The Economic Functions of Vice. The following year, he published Struggle for Missouri, a history of the bitter division over slavery that split the state's loyalties and led to armed conflict within its borders.

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