Tag Archives: prisoner-of-war

28 March 1865: “I am once more a free man, Thank God!”

Item Description: Stephen Tippet Andrews served in the 85th New York Infantry Regiment during the War. In Spring 1864 he was captured by the confederates and imprisoned in Columbia. This letter was written upon his release. He describes his escape from prison … Continue reading

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28 February 1865: “SALISBURY* you’ve left behind you, and the dead line and stockade! You have suffered great privations–they can never be repaid!”

Item Description: A poem written by George G. B. DeWolfe, known as “The Wandering Poet of New Hampshire,” for Union soldiers recently paroled from the Confederate prison at Salisbury, North Carolina. Item Citation: DeWolfe, George G. B. “Lines for the … Continue reading

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6 February 1865: “To our enemies I have no complaint to make”

Item Description: A letter regarding the treatment of Confederate prisoners by Union troops at Fort Pulaski for February 6th, 1865. Item Citation: From Folder 3, in the John Lucas Paul Cantwell Papers #3027, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of … Continue reading

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7 August 1864: “nothing ever happens in a prison worthy of repetition that we can tell”

Item Description: Letter dated 7 August 1864 from Joseph Wilson Alexander. He writes to his sister from prison in New England and describes the monotony of prison. Before his capture, he served as an officer in the United States Navy … Continue reading

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15 November 1863: “I am well aware that an escape from prison is attended with much difficulty as well as danger.”

Item description: Entry from a diary kept by Willard W. Glazier, who enlisted as a private in the “2nd Regiment of N. Y. Cavalry (Harris Light)” early in the war. He was captured by soldiers of the Confederate Army on … Continue reading

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27 September 1861: “There are here now only ninety students, last year there was about four hundred, there is about 300 gone to war…”

Item description: Letter, 27 September 1861, from P. H. Sessoms, Chapel Hill, N.C., to his sister, Penelope White, in Coleraine, Bertie County, N.C. Sessoms describes his trip from Coleraine, past a soldier’s camp in Weldon, N.C., where he observed 1,000 … Continue reading

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29 August 1861: “And it is stipulated and agreed by the contracting parties, on the part of the said United States Government, that the officers and men shall recieve the treatment due to prisoners of war.”

Item description: The Weekly State Journal of Raleigh, North Carolina, published these “Articles of Capitulation” between Union and Confederate forces after the Battle of Hatteras Inlet. Signed on 29 August 1861, the agreement stipulates that the forces and “all munitions … Continue reading

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