Exploring the Civil War POW Story

Here’s Eric Leonard in his presentation from the 2014 Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College.

This is really a good presentation, though he tends to sound a little disjointed at times.

http://www.c-span.org/video/?319539-3/discussion-civil-war-prison-camps-prisoners-war

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One comment

  1. Bob Nelson · · Reply

    Liked his phrase, “wreckage of the war.” 56,000 died in camps both North and South. Wow, had never read/heard that total, only casualties listed camp by camp. Guess I never took the time to add them all up. I had never heard of the Wirz Monument in downtown Andersonville either. Had to Google it to find info on it. To see it and read the various panels, go here. http://www.nps.gov/ande/learn/historyculture/wirz-mon.htm It was erected by the U.D.C. in 1909. Also the fact that a relatively new POW/MIA monument only fifty feet from the train tracks where Federal prisoners arrived does not mention the CW at all. He does sound a little disjointed. Not sure if he was just nervous or what. Did not know that slaves were helping escaped POWs get away in the 1930s. LOL Regardless, as you say, it was good. Sad to see so many empty seats in the auditorium.

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