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Escape from Libby Prison: Gindlesperger, James

Escape from Libby Prison

Gindlesperger, James

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ISBN 10: 0942597915 / ISBN 13: 9780942597912
Published by Burd Street Press, U.S.A., 1996
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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PUBLISHER: Burd Street Press DATE/EDITION: 1996, no added dates or printings indicated. Inscribed and signed by the author on the first free end paper. BINDING: Hardbound in blue cloth with gold lettering on the spine, 254 pages. DUST JACKET: Jacket is price clipped. Very light rubbing at corners and wrinkle at top spine end, overall condition very good. BOOK CONDITION: The book is very good with bright lettering and sharp corners, tight binding and unmarked interior. DESCRIPTION: Offers for the first time a tabulation of 107 of the 109 escapees. Bookseller Inventory # 001863

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Title: Escape from Libby Prison

Publisher: Burd Street Press, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1996

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Signed: Inscribed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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On February 9, 1864, 109 Union officers escaped from the notorious Libby Prison in Richmond by means of a tunnel, dug with only minimal tools. This escape was one of the most dramatic in military history and hastened the transfer of Union prisoners to facilities deeper in the South.Escape from Libby Prison tells the exciting story of the escape, as well as the escapees' unsuccessful earlier attempts. It also dramatizes the brutal conditions that prisoners on both sides were required to endure. Written with meticulous attention to detail, this story will be of interest to the casual reader and the student of the Civil War alike.

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Mere words could never grasp completely the prison's conditions, the mental states of the prisoners, or what they went through to make their escape. We can only imagine the despair the unfortunate ones felt who were recaptured, knowing that not only were they going back into the prison they had worked so hard to escape, but that they also would probably be treated worse than before for having fled. Of the 109 who escaped from Libby Prison on February 9, 1864, 48 were successful in reaching Union lines. Few of those who made their way out through the tunnel did so without being bitten by the rats in Rat Hell. The prisoners who were unable to get out through the tunnel would report that they were told the next day by several guards that the guards had seen the men exiting through the gate but didn't bother them. They assumed it was their own men sneaking out after stealing items from the prisoners' packages!

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