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?
Boston Corbett (Sgt 16th NY Cavalry), the man credited with killing John Wilkes Booth, was a prisoner at Andersonville. After the war, he briefly worked in the Kansas House of Representatives as a doorkeeper. He was sent to an asylum and, after escaping, he disappeared from history.