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Winfield Scott Neely reminiscences of Confederate prisons

 Collection — Box: 62
Identifier: MS-SC1095

Scope and Contents

Memoir of his time spent in these prisons, describes the prisons' physical characteristics, their rules, the differences in rules and treatment of the prisoners, and the psychological coping methods of the prisoners. Describes incidents of efforts to avoid starvation or freezing. Describes the prisoners who came in from Bell Isle and the death rate among them. Discusses the illness, specifically scurvy, rampant among the men and the prison hospitals. Gives some incidences of torture and murder. Discusses the constant hope of prisoner exchange and, ten years later, wonders why the government did not act more quickly to help the prisoners.


  • Created: 1875


Biographical / Historical

A lawyer from Ohio, served in the Civil War and was taken prisoner at Chickamauga. Was imprisoned at Richmond and Danville, Virginia, Andersonville, Georgia and Florence, South Carolina.


1 folder (1 folder : .5 linear inches (.042 linear feet)) : 88 pages

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