By Hugh H. Genoways, Ted Genoways, Hugh H Genoways
From the capturing of an unarmed prisoner at Montgomery, Alabama, to a profitable break out from Belle Isle, from the swelling floodwaters overtaking Cahaba felony to the inferno that eventually engulfed Andersonville, an ideal photograph of Hell is a set of harrowing narratives by way of infantrymen from the twelfth lowa Infantry who survived imprisonment within the South through the Civil struggle. Editors Ted Genoways and Hugh Genoways have accumulated the warriors' startling bills from diaries, letters, speeches, newspaper articles, and remembrances. prepared chronologically, the eyewitness descriptions of the battles of Shiloh, Corinth, Jackson, and Tupelo, including accompanying money owed of approximately each well-known accomplice criminal, create a shared imaginative and prescient of existence in Civil struggle prisons as palpable and rapid as they're traditionally important. Captured 4 instances through the process the battle, the twelfth Iowa created narratives that exhibit an image of the altering southern legal procedure because the Confederacy grew ever weaker and illustrate the starting to be animosity many southerners felt for the Union infantrymen. briefly introductions to every conflict, the editors spotlight the twelfth lowa's actions within the months among imprisonments, supplying a different backdrop to the warriors' bills. An acquisitions editor on the Minnesota historic Society Press, Ted Genoways is the founder and previous editor of the lierary magazine Meridian and the editor or writer of a number of books, together with the imminent within the Trenches; Soldier-Poets of the 1st global struggle, Hugh Genoways serves as chair and professor of the Museum experiences software on the college of Nebraska-Lincoln.
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The humanity of Captain Fredericks will never be effaced from my memory. Continual rumors came of our being exchanged. Sickness and death were working havoc among us; we were mustered twice for exchange, only to be disappointed. ; every man that could walk responded. One prisoner carried his friend, who was a living skeleton, on his back; when changing cars we would see that faithful friend carrying his invalid comrade. , we must have marched nearly two miles from one road to another. I regret not having that man’s name, for amid the constant display of selﬁshness he seemed to me the true hero of our prison days.
Wallace had been mortally wounded and Gen. Tuttle had gone to the rear with the Second and Seventh. I thought at the time that it was an error on his part in leaving one-half of the Brigade in the midst of a ﬁght with no one to command them but I concluded later on that it was simply a part of God’s providence to leave us there as a sacriﬁce in order that the army at the rear might be saved. Had we gone on the enemy would have been in close pursuit and they had their army so concentrated at that point that no one short of The Almighty could safely say what the result would have been had they made a ﬁnal and determined assault on our last line of defense.
7 This sense of wonder soon passed. That night a rainstorm soaked the men on the hurricane deck as they pulled into Savannah, Tennessee. Here they remained several days, amid sporadic showers, until they were ﬁnally cleared to travel the last eight miles upriver to Pittsburg Landing. Years later, Joseph W. Rich, former private in Company I, recalled the scene: The Landing itself was a mud bank at the foot of a steep bluff, a single road winding around the bluff and up the hillside to higher ground.
A Perfect Picture of Hell: Eyewitness Accounts by Civil War Prisoners from the 12th Iowa by Hugh H. Genoways, Ted Genoways, Hugh H Genoways