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I Fear I Shall Never Leave This Island
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I Fear I Shall Never Leave This Island: Life in a Civil War Prison

David R. Bush

Abstract

There was no standard treatment for prisoners-of-war (POW) during the American Civil War by either the Union or the Confederacy. Each side struggled with the incarceration and civilized treatment of former citizens captured and utilized various types of facilities for housing prisoners. The Johnson's Island Civil War Prison was designed by the Union as a stand-alone facility to house both officers and enlisted men in a humane yet practical manner, and over 10,000 Confederate officers were taken there between April 1862 and September 1865. Their stay could be as short as several weeks to over t ... More

Keywords: prisoner of war, U.S. Civil War, Historic Archaeology, Johnson's Island Prison, Hard Rubber Jewelry, incarceration, POW, institutionalization, humane treatment, retaliation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780813037448
Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813037448.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David R. Bush, author