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Andersonville: A Story of Rebel Military Prisons
     

Andersonville: A Story of Rebel Military Prisons

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by John McElroy
 

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The fifth part of a century almost has sped with the flight of time since the outbreak of the Slaveholder's Rebellion against the United States. The young men of to-day were then babes in their cradles, or, if more than that, too young to be appalled by the terror of the times. Those now graduating from our schools of learning to be teachers of youth and leaders of

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The fifth part of a century almost has sped with the flight of time since the outbreak of the Slaveholder's Rebellion against the United States. The young men of to-day were then babes in their cradles, or, if more than that, too young to be appalled by the terror of the times. Those now graduating from our schools of learning to be teachers of youth and leaders of public thought, if they are ever prepared to teach the history of the war for the Union so as to render adequate honor to its martyrs and heroes, and at the same time impress the obvious moral to be drawn from it, must derive their knowledge from authors who can each one say of the thrilling story he is spared to tell: "All of which I saw, and part of which I was."
The writer is honored with the privilege of introducing to the reader a volume written by an author who was an actor and a sufferer in the scenes he has so vividly and faithfully described, and sent forth to the public by a publisher whose literary contributions in support of the loyal cause entitle him to the highest appreciation. Both author and publisher have had an honorable and efficient part in the great struggle, and are therefore worthy to hand down to the future a record of the perils encountered and the sufferings endured by patriotic soldiers in the prisons of the enemy. The publisher, at the beginning of the war, entered, with zeal and ardor upon the work of raising a company of men, intending to lead them to the field. Prevented from carrying out this design, his energies were directed to a more effective service. His famous "Nasby Letters" exposed the absurd and sophistical argumentations of rebels and their sympathisers, in such broad, attractive and admirable burlesque, as to direct against them the "loud, long laughter of a world!" The unique and telling satire of these papers became a power and inspiration to our armies in the field and to their anxious friends at home, more than equal to the might of whole battalions poured in upon the enemy. An athlete in logic may lay an error writhing at his feet, and after all it may recover to do great mischief. But the sharp wit of the humorist drives it before the world's derision into shame and everlasting contempt. These letters were read and shouted over gleefully at every camp-fire in the Union Army, and eagerly devoured by crowds of listeners when mails were opened at country post-offices. Other humorists were content when they simply amused the reader, but "Nasby's" jests were argumentsthey had a meaning--they were suggested by the necessities and emergencies of the Nation's peril, and written to support, with all earnestness, a most sacred cause.

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BN ID:
2940012600929
Publisher:
Library of Alexandria
Publication date:
05/26/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
638 KB

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Andersonville 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 32 reviews.
LaKitteh More than 1 year ago
This book was well written, informative, and heart-breaking. A very realistic and gritty look into was was the most notorious prison of the civil war. There are many reasons to read this book: for research, for civil war history, for a glimpse into what an individual can endure to survive, and last but not least, as a reminder of mankind's inhumanity to mankind. There is much that can be learned from this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The greatest book of civil war prisons I have ever read. The author does an outstanding job in depicting the horrors of the way life was as a prisoner of war.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book gives a different view of the civil war than books that are written by non-era authors. I found it a well written and fascinating first-hand account of the horrors of war in the 19th century. I've read many books about the civil war but no one has done as thorough a job of describing the conditions that our troops endured and how they felt about each other during those terrible days.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would love to read this. I have a great great grandpa buried there. He was a ptisoner of war. Prisoner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A real eyeopener. Well written view of an under-reported facet of The Civil War.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Andersonville is an interesting and informative book that is worth reading if you are a Civil War history buff. I give Andersonville three stars because the books drags and can be verbose at times. While Andersonville was an incredible travesty, the author uses the book as a platform to vent about and criticize his tormentors. While everything he said is justified 10X, it can still be a little draining at times. By the end I found myself saying okay already, wrap it up. If you like Civil War history then it worth reading, otherwise I might pass as it is long and overly written.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found this first hand account of Andersonville fascinating. The author describes his experiences with detailed authenticy. Highly recommended.
GleanerJoe More than 1 year ago
This is a great book for learning more about that side of the Civil War that was happening apart from all the fighting--American citizens killing one another. The prison camps like Andersonville were the worst kind of concentration camp where human life had no value to the other side that ran them. MacKinlay Kantor used this book as one of the references for his novel "Andersonville"--another great read if you come across it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great and very sad book about the Civil war.
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