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Bibliography: Andersonville and other Civil War Prisons

The books listed on this page include the following topics:
Andersonville prison | Wirz Trial | Other Civil War Prisons | National Cemeteries



Bearrs, Edwin C. Andersonville National Historic Site: Historic Resource Study and Historical Base Map. Washington, D.C.: National Park Service, 1970.

Burnett, William G. The Prison Camp at Andersonville; Civil War Series. Fort Washington, PA: Eastern National, 1995.

Davis, Robert Scott. Ghosts And Shadows of Andersonville: Essays on the Secret Social Histories of America's Deadliest Prison. Macon, GA: Mercer University Press, 2006.

Kantor, McKinley. Andersonville. Penguin Press, 1955 (Fiction).

Futch, Ovid. History of Andersonville Prison. University of Florida Press, 1968.

Lynn, John W. 800 Paces to Hell: Andersonville. Sergeant Kirkland's Press, 1999.

Marvel, William. Andersonville: The Last Depot. University of North Carolina Press, 1994.

O'Connor, Bob. The U.S. Colored Troops at Andersonville Prison. Infinity Publishing, 2009.


Wirz Trial

Leonard, Elizabeth D. Lincoln's Avengers: Justice, Revenge, and Reunion After the Civil War. W. W. Norton & Company, 2004.


Other Civil War Prisons

Allison, Don, ed. Hell on Belle Isle, Diary of a Civil War POW. Faded Banner Publications, 1997.

Bryant, William O. Cahaba Prison and the Sultana Disaster. University of Alabama Press, 1990.

Derden, John K. The World's Largest Prison: The Story of Camp Lawton. Mercer University Press, 2012

Gillispie, James M. Andersonvilles of the North: The Myths and Realities of Northern Treatment of Civil War Confederate Prisoners. University of North Texas Press, 2008.

Hall, James R. Den of Misery: Indiana's Civil War Prison. Pelican Publishing Company, 2006.

Krauss, William. The Story of Camp Chase. The General's Books, 1906.

Levy, George. To Die in Chicago: Confederate Prisoners at Camp Douglas 1862-65. Pelican Publishing Company, 1999.

Kelly, Dennis. A History of Camp Douglas Illinois, Union Prison, 1861-1865. Southeast Region National Park Service, 1989.

McAdams, Benton. Rebels at Rock Island: The Story of a Civil War Prison. Northern Illinois University Press, 2000.


National Cemeteries

Faust, Drew Gilpin. This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War. Alfred A. Knopf, 2009.

Holt, Dean W. American Military Cemeteries, 2nd edition. McFarland, 2009.

Sledge, Michael. Soldier Dead: How We Recover, Identify, Bury, and Honor Our Military Fallen. Columbia University Press, 2007.

Did You Know?

The HMS Jersey in 1782

Around 30,000 Americans were kept as prisoners of war in and around New York City during the Revolutionary War. Most of these prisoners were held in warehouses, churches, and on ships in nearby harbors. An estimated 18,000 (60%) died as prisoners from 1775 to 1783. Of those, over 10,000 are thought to have perished on prison ships, most notably the Whitby and the Jersey.