This book is an extraordinary day-to-day documentary of the Civil War's most infamous Confederate prison, Camp Sumter, better known as Andersonville. Here 13,000 wretched Union prisoners died within barely fourteen months, from starvation, scurvy, and other diseases that spread through the camp. There was little shelter but makeshift tents; little in the way of blankets, warm clothing, or even shoes; and a scarcity of food and fresh water. Often they were forced to sleep on the muddy ground in very crowded conditions. While the deplorable conditions bear witness to man's inhumanity to man, they also are witness to one man's undaunted spirit to survive to tell the dreadful tale.
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by John A. Nagl
by John Hersey
by John Buchan
by John Straley
by John Hart
"Union prisoner of war John Ransom filled several books with his accounts of life in Andersonville, where 13,000 prisoners died, and other Confederate prison camps. David Thorn reads those accounts with a genteel calmness, even when recounting the most horrible experiences--a stint on a brutal chain gang, the uncertainty of coping with illness, or the suspense of watching a prisoner play dead to make his escape. At times Ransom seems astonished to note that prisoners would kill for a ration of bread or amused by "wormy and musty" bean soup, which he imagines as coming from some cookbook's "new edition." Thorn's consistency helps tie together an account that, from circumstances, rambles at times but amply preserves a record of war's inhumanity. J.A.S. (c) AudioFile 2001, Portland, Maine"