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By Hugh H. Genoways, Ted Genoways, Hugh H Genoways

ISBN-10: 0877457581

ISBN-13: 9780877457589

From the capturing of an unarmed prisoner at Montgomery, Alabama, to a winning break out from Belle Isle, from the swelling floodwaters overtaking Cahaba legal to the inferno that at last engulfed Andersonville, an ideal photo of Hell is a set of harrowing narratives through squaddies from the twelfth lowa Infantry who survived imprisonment within the South in the course of the Civil warfare. Editors Ted Genoways and Hugh Genoways have accrued the warriors' startling bills from diaries, letters, speeches, newspaper articles, and remembrances. prepared chronologically, the eyewitness descriptions of the battles of Shiloh, Corinth, Jackson, and Tupelo, including accompanying debts of approximately each recognized accomplice legal, create a shared imaginative and prescient of lifestyles in Civil warfare prisons as palpable and instant as they're traditionally helpful. Captured 4 instances through the process the warfare, the twelfth Iowa created narratives that demonstrate an image of the altering southern felony process because the Confederacy grew ever weaker and illustrate the starting to be animosity many southerners felt for the Union infantrymen. briefly introductions to every conflict, the editors spotlight the twelfth lowa's actions within the months among imprisonments, delivering a different backdrop to the warriors' bills. An acquisitions editor on the Minnesota historic Society Press, Ted Genoways is the founder and previous editor of the lierary magazine Meridian and the editor or writer of a number of books, together with the approaching within the Trenches; Soldier-Poets of the 1st global conflict, Hugh Genoways serves as chair and professor of the Museum reports software on the collage of Nebraska-Lincoln.

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Few were entirely well, but the sick-list included only those who needed constant attention. It was not uncommon for ten or twelve deaths to occur in twenty-four hours. Just back of the hospital a few boards were laid on the ground, on which the dead bodies were piled like cord wood, with no other shelter than a piece of canvas. I have seen them left in the hot sun awaiting burial until they would fester and burst. The prison sink was located a hundred feet in rear of the hospital, about four feet deep, ten feet long, and two feet wide; when one was filled it was covered with a little earth, and another was dug in rear of it.

Much suffering in Macon prison during the summer of 1862 can be attributed to bad cooking and irregular eating. As before stated, we drew five days’ rations at each issue; our staple food consisted of coarse cornmeal and bacon. In that warm climate, for men confined this was strong food, and needed careful cooking. The common method was to mix meal with water, adding grease fried from bacon for seasoning, then bake in a Dutch oven a loaf about two inches thick. The meal not being thoroughly cooked, together with the grease, made about as unwholesome a compound as could well be formed.

Wirz standing on the rifle pits beside the track, pointing along the rail road grade said, ‘Boys, there is your road. March,’ an order they were not slow to obey. ’’ Most amazingly, John H. Stibbs, who had mustered in among the original members of the 12th as a captain in Company D, became one of eight men chosen to sit in judgment on Wirz at his trial following the war. By then a colonel well known for his bravery at Nashville and an honored member of the tribunal that tried the Lincoln conspirators, Stibbs typified just how far that initial group of green recruits 14 { prologue } from Iowa had come in but four years.

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