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Andersonville: The Last Depot (Civil War America)
Andersonville: The Last Depot (Civil War America) by William Marvel 0807857815 9780807857816
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Andersonville: The Last Depot (Civil War America) by William Marvel

Between February 1864 and April 1865, 41,000 Union prisoners of war were taken to the stockade at Anderson Station, Georgia, where nearly 13,000 - one-third of them - died. Most contemporary accounts placed the blame for the tragedy squarely on the shoulders of the Confederates who administered the prison or on a conspiracy of higher-ranking officials. In this carefully researched and compelling revisionist account, William Marvel provides a comprehensive history of Andersonville Prison and conditions within it. Based on reliable primary sources - including diaries, Union and Confederate government documents, and letters - rather than exaggerated postwar recollections and such well-known but spurious diaries as that of John Ransom, Marvels analysis exonerates camp commandant Henry Wirz and others from charges that they deliberately exterminated prisoners, a crime for which Wirz was executed after the war. According to Marvel, virulent disease and severe shortages of vegetables, medical supplies, and other necessities combined to create a crisis beyond Wirzs control. He also argues that the tragedy was aggravated by the Union decision to suspend prisoner exchanges, which meant that many men who might have returned home were instead left to sicken and die in captivity.

Author: William Marvel

Language: English

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 350

Publisher: University of North Carolina Press

Publication Date: 2006-08-07

Our Price: $4.29

ISBN: 0807857815

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