By James M. Gillispie

ISBN-10: 1574412558

ISBN-13: 9781574412550

ISBN-10: 1574413112

ISBN-13: 9781574413113

quickly after the shut of army operations within the American Civil warfare, one other struggle all started over the way it will be remembered via destiny generations. The prisoner-of-war factor has figured prominently in Northern and Southern writing concerning the clash. Northerners used stories of Andersonville to demonize the Confederacy, whereas Southerners vilified Northern legal regulations to teach the depths to which Yankees had sunk to realize victory. through the years the postwar Northern portrayal of Andersonville as fiendishly designed to kill prisoners in mass amounts has mostly been brushed off. The misplaced reason characterization of Union legal regulations as criminally negligent and inhumane, although, has proven outstanding longevity. Northern officers were portrayed as turning their army prisons into focus camps the place Southern prisoners have been poorly fed, clothed, and sheltered, leading to inexcusably excessive numbers of deaths. Andersonvilles of the North, by way of James M. Gillispie, represents the 1st extensive learn to argue that a dead ringer for Union felony officers as negligent and vicious to accomplice prisoners is seriously incorrect. This research isn't really an try to “whitewash” Union criminal guidelines or make mild of accomplice prisoner mortality. yet as soon as the cautious reader disregards unreliable postwar polemics, and focuses completely at the extra trustworthy wartime files and records from either Northern and Southern assets, then a far assorted, much less adverse, photo of Northern felony existence emerges. whereas lifestyles in Northern prisons was once tricky and probably lethal, no proof exists of a conspiracy to overlook or mistreat Southern captives. accomplice prisoners’ affliction and loss of life have been as a result of a couple of elements, however it would appear that Yankee apathy and malice have been not often between them. actually, most probably the main major unmarried consider accomplice (and all) prisoner mortality throughout the Civil warfare used to be the halting of the prisoner trade cartel within the overdue spring of 1863. notwithstanding Northern officers have lengthy been condemned for coldly calculating that doing so aided their warfare attempt, the proof convincingly means that the South’s staunch refusal to replace black Union prisoners used to be really the main sticking aspect in negotiations to renew exchanges from mid-1863 to 1865. finally Gillispie concludes that Northern prisoner-of-war rules have been way more humane and average than usually depicted. His cautious research can be welcomed through historians of the Civil struggle, the South, and of yank history.

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