Historical & Environmental Education Reading
A wide array of primary source material exists that provides first-hand accounts of the experiences of prisoners of war. The following items represent some of the most useful and interesting.
Life and Death in Rebel Prisons
One of the earliest published Andersonville prisoner memoirs. Explore »
Trial of Henry Wirz
Published transcript from the war crimes trial of Captain Henry Wirz Explore »
Libby life: experiences of a prisoner of war in Richmond, Va., 1863-64
An officer's account of captivity at the Libby prison. Explore »
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Did You Know?
The deadline at the Andersonville prison consisted of a rail about four feet off the ground that was situated nineteen feet from the stockade wall. Any prisoner who crossed this line with any part of his body was likely to be shot without warning by a guard in a guard tower.