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Immortal Captives: The Story of 600 Confederate Officers and the United States Prisoner of War Policy

Joslyn, Mauriel P.

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ISBN 10: 0942597966 / ISBN 13: 9780942597967
Published by White Mane Pub, Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, U.S.A., 1996
Condition: Almost Fine Hardcover
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Book has very minor light soil on top paper edges. 344pp. Red cloth. 1st Ed. Tight, square, bright copy. No remainder mark. Firm corners. No internal notes, names, marginalia. Crisp, unclipped pictorial DJ in Mylar cover ($29.95). Illus. in B&W. Immortal Captives is a companion volume to The Biographial Roster of the Immortal God. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 14795

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Title: Immortal Captives: The Story of 600 ...

Publisher: White Mane Pub, Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1996

Binding: Cloth

Illustrator: Photo Illus in b&w

Book Condition:Almost Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: First Edition

Book Type: Civil War

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In 1864, the prisoner exchange program had collapsed, a failure politically motivated by Abraham Lincoln's war council. Some victims of the program's failure were 600 Confederate officers from all 14 Southern states who were denied parole. In Charleston Harbor, 50 officers were held as human shields against the artillery fire of their comrades. Elsewhere, Confederate officers were forced to suffer through a winter during which they were deprived of medical care, food, and warmth. The soldiers slowly died from malnutrition, exposure, untreated wounds, and disease although food and medicine were available in abundance to their captors. Officers in charge of overseeing the prisoners were embarrassed by this treatment, but were forced to obey orders.

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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.

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