By Hugh H. Genoways, Ted Genoways, Hugh H Genoways
From the capturing of an unarmed prisoner at Montgomery, Alabama, to a profitable get away from Belle Isle, from the swelling floodwaters overtaking Cahaba felony to the inferno that at last engulfed Andersonville, an ideal photo of Hell is a set of harrowing narratives by way of infantrymen from the twelfth lowa Infantry who survived imprisonment within the South throughout the Civil warfare. Editors Ted Genoways and Hugh Genoways have accumulated the warriors' startling bills from diaries, letters, speeches, newspaper articles, and remembrances. prepared chronologically, the eyewitness descriptions of the battles of Shiloh, Corinth, Jackson, and Tupelo, including accompanying money owed of approximately each well-known accomplice legal, create a shared imaginative and prescient of existence in Civil conflict prisons as palpable and fast as they're traditionally necessary. Captured 4 instances in the course of the process the battle, the twelfth Iowa created narratives that demonstrate an image of the altering southern felony approach because the Confederacy grew ever weaker and illustrate the growing to be animosity many southerners felt for the Union squaddies. briefly introductions to every conflict, the editors spotlight the twelfth lowa's actions within the months among imprisonments, delivering a distinct backdrop to the warriors' debts. An acquisitions editor on the Minnesota historic Society Press, Ted Genoways is the founder and previous editor of the lierary magazine Meridian and the editor or writer of numerous books, together with the impending within the Trenches; Soldier-Poets of the 1st global conflict, Hugh Genoways serves as chair and professor of the Museum reports application on the collage of Nebraska-Lincoln.
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They had a makeshift dinner of coffee and crackers and bedded down for the night. The next morning, as the regiment was ordered out for its ﬁrst inspection, snow had already begun to fall. By that night, three inches blanketed the fairgrounds. Soaked by snow and rain, these ﬁelds where the men drilled were churned to mud in the weeks to come. On January 9, 1862, James F. Zediker of Company I wrote in his diary: ‘‘The mud not quite knee deep . . ’’ 1 Indeed, the entire regiment suffered through that harsh, wet winter.
We simply stood there and fought until ﬁnally Gen. 26 Just before the ﬁring ceased one of my boys called to me and said that Lieut. Ferguson had been wounded and I went to where he lay and he lifted his shirt and showed me a horrible wound in his abdomen, which I saw at a glance would prove fatal. A few moments after our surrender was completed I called Ferguson’s cousin, Private N. G. Price, and we went to where Gen. Polk and his staff were grouped a short distance from us. Just in front of me was Capt.
Few were entirely well, but the sick-list included only those who needed constant attention. It was not uncommon for ten or twelve deaths to occur in twenty-four hours. Just back of the hospital a few boards were laid on the ground, on which the dead bodies were piled like cord wood, with no other shelter than a piece of canvas. I have seen them left in the hot sun awaiting burial until they would fester and burst. The prison sink was located a hundred feet in rear of the hospital, about four feet deep, ten feet long, and two feet wide; when one was ﬁlled it was covered with a little earth, and another was dug in rear of it.