By Ed Glennan
This can be a documentary paintings providing a first-person account of a Union soldier's day-by-day adversity whereas a prisoner of conflict from 20 September 1863 to four June 1865. In 1891, whereas a sufferer on the Leavenworth nationwide domestic, Irish immigrant Edward Glennan started to write down his reviews in brilliant element, describing the months of malnutrition, publicity, illness and self-doubt. the 1st six months Glennan used to be incarcerated at Libby and Danville prisons in Virginia. On 20 March 1864, Glennan entered Camp Sumter, situated close to Andersonville, Georgia. He reminisced concerning the occasions of his eight-month captivity at Andersonville, comparable to the placing of the Raider Six, get away tunnels, playing, buying and selling, ration wagons, and illness. stricken with scurvy, Glennan approximately misplaced his skill to stroll. to extend his probabilities for survival, he skillfully befriended different prisoners, sharing assets obtained via alternate, robbery and trickery. His acquaintances left him both through parole or loss of life. On 14 November 1864, Glennan was once transported from Andersonville to Camp Parole in Maryland; there he remained until eventually his discharge on four June 1865.
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