Speer, Lonnie R.

Portals to hell : military prisons of the Civil War / Lonnie R. Speer. - 1st ed. - Mechanicsburg, PA : Stackpole Books, c1997. - xix, 410 p., [32] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm.

Includes bibliographical references (p. 377-398) and index.

Overview on tragedy -- Makeshift prisons -- Life as a prisoner of war -- Prison creation -- Prisoner exchange -- Black soldiers and POWs -- Prison expansion -- The overseers -- The growing prison crisis -- Escape -- Prison compounds -- Release and revenge -- Epilogue: past and present -- Appendix A: The language of the prison camps -- Appendix B: Medical glossary -- Appendix C: Prison quick-reference guide

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Prisoners of war--History--United States--19th century.
Prisoners of war--History.--Confederate States of America


United States--History--Prisoners and prisons.--Civil War, 1861-1865

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