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The Horrors of Andersonville

Life and Death Inside a Civil War Prison

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The Horrors of Andersonville by Catherine Gourley
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The Confederate prison known as Andersonville existed for only the last fourteen months of the Civil War but its well-documented legacy of horror has lived on in the diaries of its prisoners and the transcripts of the trial of its commandant. The diaries describe appalling conditions in which vermin-infested men were crowded into an open stockade with a single befouled stream as their water source. Food was scarce and medical supplies virtually nonexistent. The bodies of those who did not survive the night had to be cleared away each morning. Designed to house 10,000 Yankee prisoners, Andersonville held 32,000 during August 1864. Nearly a third of the 45,000 prisoners who passed through the camp perished. Exposure, starvation, and disease were the main causes, but excessively harsh penal practices and even violence among themselves contributed to the unprecedented death rate. At the end of the war, outraged Northerners demanded retribution for such travesties, and they received it in the form of the trial and subsequent hanging of Captain Henry Wirz, the prison's commandant. The trial was the subject of legal controversy for decades afterward, as many people felt justice was ignored in order to appease the Northerners' moral outrage over the horrors of Andersonville. The story of Andersonville is a complex one involving politics, intrigue, mismanagement, unfortunate timing, and, of course, people - both good and bad. Relying heavily on first-person reports and legal documents, author Catherine Gourley gives us a fascinating look into one of the most painful incidents of U.S. history.

Author Biography

Catherine Gourley is an award-winning author and editor of books for young adults. She is the national director for Letters about Literature, a reading-writing promotion program of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. In addition, she is the curriculum writer for The Story of Movies, an educational outreach program on film study and visual literacy in the middle school developed by The Film Foundation in Los Angeles. A former editor of Read magazine, Gourley has written more than 20 books. Her recent five-book series--Images and Issues of Women in the Twentieth Century (Twenty-First Century Books)--was named to Booklist's Top 10 Series Nonfiction list, and individual titles received starred reviews from School Library Journal. The series also received accolades from the Amelia Bloomer Project Recommended Feminist Books for Young Readers and the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) / Children's Book Council (CBC) Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People.
Release date Australia
January 1st, 2010
Country of Publication
United States
Illustrations
Bibliography; Index; Maps; Illustrations, color; Illustrations, black and white
Imprint
Twenty-First Century Books (CT)
Interest Age
From 14 to 18 years
Pages
192
Reading Age
From 14 to 15 years
Dimensions
187x236x18
ISBN-13
9780761342120
Product ID
3945467

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