Crossing the Deadlines: Civil War Prisons Reconsidered

Crossing the Deadlines: Civil War Prisons Reconsidered


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ISBN-13: 9781606353417
Publisher: Kent State University Press
Publication date: 11/13/2018
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 507,929
Product dimensions: 6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Michael P. Gray is professor of history at East Stroudsburg University. His The Business of Captivity: Elmira and Its Civil War Prison (Kent State University Press, 2001) was a finalist for the Seaborg Award, and a chapter of that work, published in Civil War History, earned honorable mention for the Eastern National Award. He serves as series editor of Voices of the Civil War with the University of Tennessee Press.

Table of Contents

Foreword John T. Hubbell ix

Acknowledgments xiii

Introduction: Filtering the Currents of Civil War Incarceration: A Fresh Flow in Scholarship Michael P. Gray xvii

Part I New Encounters: Sensing Nature, Society, and Culture in and out of Prison

1 Nature and Prisons: Toward an Environmental History of Captivity Evan A. Kutzler 3

2 Civil War Captives and a Captivated Home Front: The Rise of Prisons as Dark Tourist Destinations Michael P. Gray 23

3 Catholics in Captivity: Priests, Prisoners, and the Living Faith in Civil War Military Prisons Angela M. Zombek 49

Part II Revelations in Retaliation, Race, and the Repressed

4 "The Sternest Feature of War": Prisoners of War and the Practice of Retaliation Lorien Foote 81

5 Loathsome Diseases and Principles: Conceptualizing Race and Slavery in Civil War Prisons Christopher Barr 101

6 "De Bottom Rails on Top Now": Black Union Guards and Confederate Prisoners of War Kelly D. Mezurek 125

Part III Unearthing Material Culture, Resurrections, and Reconciliations

7 Johnson's Island Prison Uncovered: An Archaeological Exploration of a Northern Civil War Prison David R. Bush 157

8 Lost and Found on the Southern Side: The Resurrection of Camp Lawton John K. Derden 181

9 Civil War Prisons, Memory, and the Problem of Reconciliation Benjamin G. Cloyd 205

Contributors 221

Index 225

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