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 legal to the inferno that eventually engulfed Andersonville, an ideal photograph of Hell is a set of harrowing narratives by means of infantrymen from the twelfth lowa Infantry who survived imprisonment within the South throughout the Civil conflict. Editors Ted Genoways and Hugh Genoways have amassed 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 well-known accomplice criminal, create a shared imaginative and prescient of existence in Civil battle prisons as palpable and fast as they're traditionally necessary. Captured 4 occasions through the process the battle, the twelfth Iowa created narratives that exhibit an image of the altering southern legal method because the Confederacy grew ever weaker and illustrate the starting to be animosity many southerners felt for the Union squaddies. in short introductions to every conflict, the editors spotlight the twelfth lowa's actions within the months among imprisonments, supplying a distinct backdrop to the warriors' bills. An acquisitions editor on the Minnesota old 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 drawing close within the Trenches; Soldier-Poets of the 1st international struggle, Hugh Genoways serves as chair and professor of the Museum experiences application on the collage of Nebraska-Lincoln.

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General Mitchel had insufficient supplies to care for all the troops he was supposed to accept and turned back a third of the paroled troops. Makeshift camps were established at Annapolis, at Camp Chase near St. Louis, at Camp Jackson in Nashville, and at Benton Barracks in St. Louis to house troops awaiting the parole of the rest of their companies. Members of the 12th Iowa were among the first troops sent initially to ‘‘Camp Parole’’ at Annapolis, then to Benton Barracks, where they were scheduled to be among the first soldiers to be formally exchanged and put back into active service.

Duncan watching over him at his bedside. Van Duzee remembered after the war: Lieut. L. W. Jackson of ‘‘H’’ Company, 12th Iowa, found a small American flag. After covertly displaying the treasure to all, Lieut. J. divested { prologue } 13 himself of his clothing and wrapped the flag around his body. The little flag, thus concealed from rebel eyes, was worn by the Lieutenant until he died in Macon, Georgia, in June following, when Lieut. N. E. Duncan of the 12th, who was his faithful friend and attendant, took possession of it and retained it until released.

Lieut Bliss of 2nd Michigan Battery was shot by a Guard for getting a canteen of milk . . it won’t be forgotten . . he was one of the best fellows I ever knew, from Detroit . . Murder of Lieut Bliss . . We will remember May day of 1862 as the day on which Lieut Wm Strong Bliss of the 2nd Mich Battery was shot down by his guard . . Murdered in cold blood . . ’’ . . no response, but a shot . . his blood calls for Vengeance . . ‘‘Remember the Murder of Bliss,’’ let that be our War Cry. When Jackson died in prison, still awaiting his chance at vengeance, his death was recorded in his journal by his friend Nathaniel E.

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