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Andersonville by William Marvel

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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 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. According to William Marvel, virulent disease and severe shortages of vegetables, medical supplies, and other necessities combined to create a crisis beyond the captors' 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.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780807857816
ISBN-10: 0807857815
Format: Paperback
(235mm x 156mm x 22mm)
Pages: 350
Imprint: The University of North Carolina Press
Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
Publish Date: 15-Nov-2006
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - William Marvel

WILLIAM MARVEL'S many books include A Place Called Appomattox, Lee's Last Retreat: The Flight to Appomattox, and The Alabama and the Kearsarge: The Sailor's Civil War (all from the University of North Carolina Press). He lives in South Conway, New Hampshire.

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