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

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

by Muriel Joslyn
     
 

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,

Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781589805880
Publisher:
Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
Publication date:
02/26/2008
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
360
Sales rank:
1,003,913
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Meet the Author

Mauriel Phillips Joslyn was born in Manchester, Georgia, and earned undergraduate and graduate degrees in history. While living in Virginia, Joslyn and her family participated in numerous Civil War reenactments. Joslyn lectures and gives presentations on military history dressed in full Confederate costume. She has written several articles about the Civil War and has been published in Gettysburg Magazine, Military Heritage, Georgia Journal, and Irish Sword. Joslyn currently lives in Sparta, Georgia.

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