Captives in Blue: The Civil War Prisons of the Confederacy by Roger Pickenpaugh

By Roger Pickenpaugh

Captives in Blue, a examine of Union prisoners in accomplice prisons, is a spouse to Roger Pickenpaugh’s past groundbreaking booklet Captives in grey: The Civil struggle Prisons of the Union, rounding out his exam of Civil conflict prisoner of warfare facilities.


In June of 1861, just a couple of weeks after the 1st photographs at citadel Sumter ignited the Civil struggle, Union prisoners of struggle started to arrive in Southern prisons. 100 and fifty years later Civil struggle prisons and how prisoners of warfare have been handled stay contentious subject matters. Partisans of every facet proceed to vilify the opposite for POW maltreatment. Roger Pickenpaugh’s stories of Civil conflict prisoners of battle amenities supplement each other and provide a considerate exploration of concerns that captives taken from either side of the Civil warfare faced.


In Captives in Blue, Pickenpaugh tackles matters similar to the methods the accomplice military contended with the starting to be criminal inhabitants, the differences within the rules and practices inthe diversified accomplice legal camps, the consequences those rules and practices had on Union prisoners, and the logistics of prisoner exchanges. Digging extra into felony coverage and practices, Pickenpaugh explores stipulations that arose from wide awake govt coverage judgements and stipulations that have been the fabricated from neighborhood officers or exact neighborhood occasions. One factor distinctive to Captives in Blue is the way in which accomplice prisons and regulations handled African American Union squaddies. Black squaddies held captive in accomplice prisons confronted doubtful fates; many former slaves have been back to their former proprietors, whereas others have been tortured within the camps. Drawing on prisoner diaries, Pickenpaugh offers compelling first-person money owed of existence in legal camps usually missed by way of students within the field.

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