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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Contrary to popular belief, Captain Wirz was not the only person tried for war crimes during and after the Civil War. Nearly 1,000 individuals were charged with violating the laws of war during the conflict. Wirz is the best know of the officers of the Confederate army executed for war crimes convictions. More...