Immortal Captives: The Story of 600 Confederate Officers and the United States Prisoner of War Policy

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  • Edition: Reprint
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  • Copyright: 2008-04-15
  • Publisher: Pelican Pub Co Inc
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In 1864, the prisoner exchange program had collapsed, a failure politically motivated by Abraham Lincoln's war council. Some victims of the program's failure were 600 Confederate officers from all 14 Southern states who were denied parole. In Charleston Harbor, 50 officers were held as human shields against the artillery fire of their comrades. Elsewhere, Confederate officers were forced to suffer through a winter during which they were deprived of medical care, food, and warmth. The soldiers slowly died from malnutrition, exposure, untreated wounds, and disease although food and medicine were available in abundance to their captors. Officers in charge of overseeing the prisoners were embarrassed by this treatment, but were forced to obey orders.

Author Biography

Author Mauriel Phillips Joslyn recreates a story of the undeniable horrors of Lincoln's policy and the mistreatment of the prisoners in his power

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsp. vii
Prefacep. x
Acknowledgmentsp. xiv
"Where Every Man in Uniform Carried His Leave in His Pocket and His Heart On His Sleeve"p. 1
"In No Circumstances Will He Be Allowed To Make Exchanges of Prisoners of War"p. 9
"For Retaliation"p. 23
"Joined the Post"p. 42
"Rebel Officers"p. 63
Morris Islandp. 85
Life Under Firep. 108
"I Will Make This the Model Military Prison Of the United States"p. 135
"What Have I Offended Against Thee, Or Against Thy Servant, Or Against This People, That Ye Have Put Me In Prison?"p. 160
"In Perils By Mine Own Countrymen; In Perils Among False Brethren"p. 183
"Murder of the Most Terrible Kind"p. 207
"All That Was Left of Them, Left of Six Hundred"p. 230
"Our Comrades Scarcely Knew Us, So Changed Were Our Features"p. 244
Homecomingsp. 267
Epiloguep. 280
Appendix Ap. 283
Appendix Bp. 286
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