Historical & Environmental Education Reading

Libby life: experiences of a prisoner of war in Richmond, Va., 1863-64

Prisoner dreaming of freedom

NPS/Andersonville National Historic Site

Cuban-born Federico Cavada moved to Philadelphia, the hometown of his American mother. A strong abolitionist, Cavada joined the army at the beginning of the war as an engineer and quickly moved up the ranks. As a lieutenant colonel of the 114th Pennsylvania volunteers, Cavada was captured at Gettysburg, July, 1863. His journal extends from that date to March, 1864. The appendix (p. 205-221) contains a list of Libby prisoners who requested its publication (Dec. 1863)


Philadelphia, J. B. Lippincott & co.
Published Date:
Book (non-fiction)
Grade Levels:
Fifth Grade-General
Civil War, Hispanic or Latino American History and Culture, History, Military and Wartime History
National/State Standards:
This document could be used in support of activities which align to the common core standards for ELA/social studies.
Historical & Environmental Education Reading

Last updated: April 14, 2015