Springer, Paul J.

Transforming Civil War Prisons : Lincoln, Lieber, and the Politics of Captivity - Hoboken : Taylor and Francis, 2014. - 1 online resource (199 p.) - eBooks on Demand Critical Moments in American History . - Critical Moments in American History .

Cover; Half Title; Title Page; Copyright Page; Dedication; Table of Contents; Series Introduction; List of Figures; Acknowledgments; Timeline; 1 Prisoner of War Policy and Practice; 2 The Captivity Experience; 3 The Culture of Captivity; 4 The Politics of Captivity; 5 Honoring Civil War Captives; 6 Civil War Prisons in History and Memory; Documents; Bibliography; Index

During the Civil War, 410,000 people were held as prisoners of war on both sides. With resources strained by the unprecedented number of prisoners, conditions in overcrowded prison camps were dismal, and the death toll across Confederate and Union prisons reached 56,000 by the end of the war. In an attempt to improve prison conditions, President Lincoln issued General Orders 100, which would become the basis for future attempts to define the rights of prisoners, including the Geneva conventions. Meanwhile, stories of horrific prison experiences fueled political agendas on both sides, and would define the memory of the war, as each region worked aggressively to defend its prison record and to honor its own POWs.Robins and Springer examine the experience, culture, and politics of captivity, including war crimes, disease, and the use of former prison sites as locations of historical memory. Transforming Civil War Prisons introduces students to an underappreciated yet crucial aspect of waging war and shows how the legacy of Civil War prisons remains with us today.

9781135053307 202.50 (NL),168.75 (3U)


Lieber, Francis, 1800-1872.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.
Military ethics.
Military prisons -- Confederate States of America -- History.
Military prisons -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
Prisoners of war -- Confederate States of America -- History.
Prisoners of war -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
War -- Moral and ethical aspects.


Electronic books.

E615 .S67 2014

973.77