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Part of the National Park Civil War Series. In the very beginning of the Civil War, prisoners of war were exchanged right on the battlefield, a private for a private, a sergeant for a sergeant and a captain for a captain. In 1862 this system broke down and caused the creation of large holding pens for prisoners in the North and South. These holding pens soon became permanent prisons. In the South, the prison camp at Andersonville soon came to symbolize a national tragedy as human misery reached its zenith.
On the cover is a drawing of Andersonville on August 1, 1864 by Thomas O'Dea, a former prisoner at Andersonville. Also included are historical photos, illustrations, and details depicting the suffering endured by prisoners in Andersonville and the other Civil War prison camps in the North and South.
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