Portals to Hell: Military Prisons of the Civil War

Portals to Hell: Military Prisons of the Civil War

by Lonnie R. Speer
     
 


The holding of prisoners of war has always been both a political and a military enterprise, yet the military prisons of the Civil War, which held more than four hundred thousand soldiers and caused the deaths of fifty-six thousand men, have been nearly forgotten. Now Lonnie R. Speer has brought to life the least-known men in the great struggle between the Union…  See more details below

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The holding of prisoners of war has always been both a political and a military enterprise, yet the military prisons of the Civil War, which held more than four hundred thousand soldiers and caused the deaths of fifty-six thousand men, have been nearly forgotten. Now Lonnie R. Speer has brought to life the least-known men in the great struggle between the Union and the Confederacy, using their own words and observations as they endured a true “hell on earth.” Drawing on scores of previously unpublished firsthand accounts, Portals to Hell presents the prisoners’ experiences in great detail and from an impartial perspective. The first comprehensive study of all major prisons of both the North and the South, this chronicle analyzes the many complexities of the relationships among prisoners, guards, commandants, and government leaders.

Editorial Reviews

Gun Week

"This is an excellent book for any military historian, Civil War Roundtable group, researcher, or anyone interested in learning more about an aspect of the Civil War behind the lines."—Larry S. Sterett, Gun Week

— Larry S. Sterett

Gun Week - Larry S. Sterett

"This is an excellent book for any military historian, Civil War Roundtable group, researcher, or anyone interested in learning more about an aspect of the Civil War behind the lines."—Larry S. Sterett, Gun Week

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803293427
Publisher:
UNP - Bison Books
Publication date:
11/28/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
442
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author


Lonnie R. Speer is a freelance writer with a special interest in the Civil War. His articles have appeared in Civil War Times Illustrated and America’s Civil War.

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