America at the End of the Civil War: Prisoners and the Long Recovery

Here’s Lorien Foote, professor of history at Texas A&M University, speaking on Union prisoners at the end of the Civil War. This is really excellent with a lot of good information.



  1. Pat Young · · Reply

    Thanks for posting. I did not realize USCT were held so long after the war.

    1. Look at when they enlisted. A 3-year obligation beginning in 1863 and 1864.

      1. Pat Young · · Reply

        I meant those held by the Confederates after they were captured.

        1. Ah, okay. Yep, kind of shows what they were about, doesn’t it?

  2. Bob Nelson · · Reply

    I would disagree with her comments about Salisbury being a “worse” prison camp than Andersonville. During its existence, Camp Sumter (Andersonville) housed some 45,000 Union POWs. 13,000 died (28%). During the war, Salisbury housed around 15,000 Federal prisoners of which 4,000 died (26%). Trying to argue the “worst” Confederate camp is like arguing who is the worst NFL team this year. The Lions, Cowboys, Tennessee Titans and the Baltimore Ravens are all 2-7. Who’s the worst? I don’t know. They all suck.

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