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Prison-Life in the Tobacco Warehouse at Richmond. By a Ball's Bluff Prisoner

Harris, Lieut. Wm. C.

Published by George C. Childs, Phila., 1862
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First edition. Dark brown half-leather over marbled paper covered boards, spine ruled and lettered in gilt. 175 pp. with appendix roster of the Richmond Prison Association (that is, the inmates) with remarks upon their status or disposition as of early 1862. Frontis piece engraving "Our Last Day in the Richmond Tobacco Warehouse Prison". First hand account of the imprisonment of Union Army members in 1861-2 at the Tobacco Warehouse in Richmond. The author states in the preface: "these sketches were written to lessen the tedium of my lengthy imprisonment.written within prison walls and brought to the North sewn securely in the lining of an overcoat.". At the Battle of Ball's Bluff (October 21, 1861), 678 Union soldiers were taken prisoner; they were marched to Manassas and there taken by train to Richmond and deposited in the large tobacco warehouse. Those who survived were paroled in late February, 1862. Among the sketches included here: "A Day in the Officers' Prison", "A Day in the Privates' Prison", "Pursuits and Pastimes", "Prison Incidents", "Sunday in Prison", "Our Jailers", "Our Visitors", 'Prison Companions" and others. A tight though well-thumbed example with occasional staining to the text; edges of the boards and worn and rounded and moderate wear to the leather at the front gutter and head of the spine. 19th century bookplate front pastedown with corresponding own. sig. top corner of front free endpaper. This previous owner, John G. Robb of Carlisle, Pa., is identified in pencil notation on one of the rear blanks, as a member of the 87th Pa. Vols of the Army of the Potomac. There are old block-printed ownership names with "Lancaster City, Pennsylvania" also appearing on the blank reverse of the frontis and again on the rear blank with the Robb notation. Bookseller Inventory # E2151

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Title: Prison-Life in the Tobacco Warehouse at ...

Publisher: George C. Childs, Phila.

Publication Date: 1862

Binding: Half Leather

Edition: First

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