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 years of 1864-65 were a season of desperate battles, but in that time many more Union soldiers were slain behind the Rebel army lines by starvation and exposure than were killed by cannon and rifle. This is McElroy's account of the horrible spectacle of Andersonville prison, where 70,000 young Union soldiers died under appalling conditions. 150 illustrations.

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The years of 1864-65 were a season of desperate battles, but in that time many more Union soldiers were slain behind the Rebel army lines by starvation and exposure than were killed by cannon and rifle. This is McElroy's account of the horrible spectacle of Andersonville prison, where 70,000 young Union soldiers died under appalling conditions. 150 illustrations.

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ISBN-13:
9780449307649
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/12/1975
Edition description:
Abridged

Meet the Author

John McElroy (1846-1929) was an American printer, soldier, journalist and author, known mainly for writing the novel The Red Acorn and Andersonville: A Story of Rebel Military Prisons, based upon his lengthy confinement in the Confederate Andersonville prison camp during the American Civil War.

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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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