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Posted April 17, 2006
This book, edited by the Manager of Magnolia Springs State Park in Millen, Georgia, is a sort of compendium of the Confederate prison camp known as Camp Lawton. It includes a short history of the prison camp, a list of the known prisoners who died there (294 of the 685 are unknown) along with their state and regiment number and five pages of illustrations. The main portion of the book consists of reminiscences of prisoners who were actually captive at Camp Lawton (there are 13 of these). Camp Lawton was built to replace the better known Confederate prison at Andersonville. General John H. Winder, Commandant of all Confederate Prisons east of the Mississippi, made his headquarters there. After the war Captain D.W. Vowles, who was in charge of the Millen facility was charged with war crimes. He was never tried and disappeared from history. This is the only book ever published which deals exclusively with the little known Southern prison.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.