A Perfect Picture of Hell: Eyewitness Accounts by Civil War by Hugh H. Genoways, Ted Genoways, Hugh H Genoways

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

From the taking pictures of an unarmed prisoner at Montgomery, Alabama, to a winning get away from Belle Isle, from the swelling floodwaters overtaking Cahaba felony to the inferno that eventually engulfed Andersonville, an ideal photo of Hell is a suite of harrowing narratives by way of squaddies from the twelfth lowa Infantry who survived imprisonment within the South through the Civil battle. Editors Ted Genoways and Hugh Genoways have accrued the warriors' startling money owed from diaries, letters, speeches, newspaper articles, and remembrances. prepared chronologically, the eyewitness descriptions of the battles of Shiloh, Corinth, Jackson, and Tupelo, including accompanying bills of approximately each well-known accomplice legal, create a shared imaginative and prescient of lifestyles in Civil conflict prisons as palpable and instant as they're traditionally worthwhile. Captured 4 occasions through the process the warfare, the twelfth Iowa created narratives that demonstrate an image of the altering southern legal approach because the Confederacy grew ever weaker and illustrate the starting to be animosity many southerners felt for the Union squaddies. briefly introductions to every conflict, the editors spotlight the twelfth lowa's actions within the months among imprisonments, offering a different backdrop to the warriors' money owed. 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 numerous books, together with the imminent within the Trenches; Soldier-Poets of the 1st global warfare, Hugh Genoways serves as chair and professor of the Museum experiences software on the college of Nebraska-Lincoln.

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A dark night favored them. They crawled on the ground to within a few yards of the guard, and by a sudden rush all crossed the line. ’’ My recollection is that all were recaptured but two brothers (a sergeant and a private in the Fourteenth Iowa Infantry), who went direct to the Ocmulgee River, about three-quarters of a mile from our camp, where they secured a small boat, making their way nights and hiding days, until they succeeded in reaching our blockading squadron off Florida, and were sent to New York.

On August 10 there were twelve hundred prisoners, three hundred of whom were on the sick-list. 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.

One day, when he was near one end of his beat a paper rolled with a { c h a r l e s l . s u mb a r d o } 37 stone in it was thrown over the fence at the other end; thereafter important news reached us through an unknown medium. The relief-guard, while passing through our camp, saw, standing upright in the sand, a tuft of reddish hair, which upon investigation proved to be the end of a yearling heifer’s tail. It was, however, no longer attached to the heifer, whose skin and entrails only remained, evidences of her untimely death.

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