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

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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 ...

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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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781589805880
  • Publisher: Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/28/2008
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 360
  • Sales rank: 1,015,814
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Table of Contents


List of Illustrations     vii
Preface     x
Acknowledgments     xiv
"Where Every Man in Uniform Carried His Leave in His Pocket and His Heart On His Sleeve"     1
"In No Circumstances Will He Be Allowed To Make Exchanges of Prisoners of War"     9
"For Retaliation"     23
"Joined the Post"     42
"Rebel Officers"     63
Morris Island     85
Life Under Fire     108
"I Will Make This the Model Military Prison Of the United States"     135
"What Have I Offended Against Thee, Or Against Thy Servant, Or Against This People, That Ye Have Put Me In Prison?"     160
"In Perils By Mine Own Countrymen; In Perils Among False Brethren"     183
"Murder of the Most Terrible Kind"     207
"All That Was Left of Them, Left of Six Hundred"     230
"Our Comrades Scarcely Knew Us, So Changed Were Our Features"     244
Homecomings     267
Epilogue     280
Appendix A     283
Appendix B     286
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