Civil War Prison Camps: A Brief History

Civil War Prison Camps: A Brief History

by Robert Jones


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Civil War Prison Camps: A Brief History by Robert Jones

The experience of prisoners of war during the Civil War on both sides was pretty dismal. At the beginning of the War, neither side was even remotely prepared for the onslaught of prisoners they'd have to deal with. Prisoner exchanges occurred only sporadically throughout the War, so prison camps became an important fact of life during the Civil War.

Andersonville Prison in Georgia probably had the worst conditions, and definitely had the highest death rate of the War. However, Northern prisons at places like Elmira, New York and Point Lookout, Maryland were rife with disease and known for poor care of prisoners. To be a prisoner during the Civil War was a brutal, dehumanizing experience.

This book will examine 1) the life of the prisoner during the War, 2) the rise and fall of prisoner exchanges, 3) significant prison camps and 4) prison escape attempts. The book includes 28 illustrations, with 12 of them in color.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781463560287
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 06/09/2011
Pages: 52
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.14(d)

About the Author

Robert C. Jones grew up in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania area. In 1981, he moved to the Atlanta, Georgia area, where he received a B.S. in Computer Science at DeVry Institute of Technology. From 1984-2009, Robert worked for Hewlett-Packard as a computer consultant. He now works as an author, researcher and videographer.

Robert is President of the Kennesaw Historical Society, and Director of Programs and Education for the Kennesaw Museum Foundation. He has written several books on Civil War and railroad themes, including "Retracing the Route of Sherman's Atlanta Campaign and March to the Sea", "Images of America: Kennesaw", "Famous Songs of the Civil War", "The Pennsylvania Railroad: An Illustrated Timeline", "The Fifteen Most Critical Moments of the Civil War", "The Battle of Griswoldville: An Infantry Battle on Sherman's March to the Sea", "Civil War Prison Camps: A Brief History" and "The W&A, the General, and the Andrews Raid: A Brief History".

Robert is an ordained elder in the Presbyterian Church. He has written and taught numerous adult Sunday School courses. He is the author of "A Brief History of Protestantism in the United States", "A Brief History of the Sacraments: Baptism and Communion", "Heaven and Hell: In the Bible, the Apocrypha and the Dead Sea Scrolls", "The Crusades and the Inquisition: A Brief History", "Monks and Monasteries: A Brief History", "The 25 Most Influential People in the Post-Apostolic Christian Church", "Revelation: Background and Commentary" and "Meet the Apostles: Biblical and Legendary Accounts".

Robert has also written several books on ghost towns in the Southwest, including "Death Valley Ghost Towns - As They Appear Today", "Ghost Towns of the Mojave National Preserve", and "Ghost Towns of Western Nevada".

In 2005, Robert co-authored a business-oriented book entitled "Working Virtually: The Challenges of Virtual Teams".

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