The Business of captivity: Elmira and Its Civil War Prison,

Gray, Michael P.

ISBN 10: 0873387082 / ISBN 13: 9780873387088
Verlag: Kent, Kent State University Press, 2001
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BRAND NEW. Virgin copy, not yet traded. 8vo. Pp. xvi, 228. With a double-page frontispiece, depicting a watercolour sketch map of Elmira, by former prisoner David Coffman; 16 halftone illustrations (some full-page); notes, bibliography, index. Hardcover, black cloth, spine lettered in gilt, with dust-jacket. ~ First edition. During its single year of existence, more than 12,000 Confederates were imprisoned in Elmira, New York, were suffering was acute and mortality high. Nearly 3,000 died while in captivity. This is a valuable and important study; the scholarship is clearly superior. Gray's work represents a significant achievement.". Buchnummer des Verkäufers 0290

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Titel: The Business of captivity: Elmira and Its ...

Verlag: Kent, Kent State University Press

Erscheinungsdatum: 2001

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One of the many controversial issues to emerge from the Civil War was the treatment of prisoners of war. At two stockades, the Confederate prison at Andersonville, Georgia, and the Union prison at Elmira, New York, suffering was acute and mortality was high.

During its single year of existence, more money was expended on the Elmira prison than in any of the other Union Stockades. Even with this record spending, a more ignominious figure was attached to Elmira: of the more than 12,000 Confederates imprisoned there, nearly 3,000 die while in captivity - the highest rate among all the Northern prisons. The authors conclusions are based on new, little-known, or never used archival materials. In a similar vein, his description of the prison culture is especially illuminating.

About the Author:

Michael Gray is Associate Professor of History at East Stroudsburg University.

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