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Civil War Prison Camps - all currently available books are listed on under Civil War / Civil War Prisons

The current special selection features books about the prisons of the Civil War and the men who occupied or ran them. The most famous (or infamous) was the Confederate prison near Andersonville, Georgia. There were of course many others, maintained by both the Union and the Confederacy. Some of the books below provide the first hand accounts of men who were in the prisons, while others provide a look at the Civil War prisons from a historical perspective. We hope you find something of interest.

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  1. SOLD Boaz, Thomas M. Libby Prison and Beyond: A Union Staff Officer in the East, 1862-1865. A vivid picture of nine months of life in that converted warehouse - from diary and letters of a man who was there. Burd Street Press, 1999. Dust jacket. $24.95

  2. SOLD Boggs, S.S. - Eighteen Months a Prisoner under the Rebel Flag -A condensed pen picture of Belle Island , Danville, Andersonville, Charleston, Florence and Libby Prisons from Actual Experience.1887. Illus. 96 pages. Wrps, covers torn, in clamshell box. $50.00

  3. SOLD Browne, Junius Henri. Four Years in Secessia: Adventures Within and Beyond the Union Lines: Embracing a Great Variety of Facts, Incidents, and Romance of the War. Including the Author's capture at Vicksburg, May 3, 1863, while running the Rebel Batteries . . . The author later escaped and made his way to the Union lines. Illustrated. Previous owner's name on title page. 1st edition. O. D. Case and Co., 1865. Brown cloth with gilt lettering, worn on edges. $60.00

  4. SOLD Christian, Geo. L. Official Report of the History Committee of the Grand Camp, C. V., on the Treatment and Exchange of Prisoners. Wrps, cover loose. 1902. $35.00.

  5. SOLD Connecticut. Dedication of the Monument at Andersonville Georgia, October 23, 1907, In Memory of the Men of Connecticut who Suffered in Southern Military Prisons. Bookplate of the Delaware City Library Association, gift of Robert H. Kellogg, former Andersonville prisoner. 1st ed. 1908. Blue cloth with limited library markings. $50.00

  6. SOLD Dufur, S. M. Co. B 1st Vermont Cavalry Over the Deadline or Tracked by Blood-Hounds (Burlington, Vt. : 1902) First Edition 283 pps. 200.00 Author's personal experience during eleven months that he was confined in Pemberton, Libby, Belle Island, Andersonville, Ga., and Florence S.C., as a prisoner of war. Describing plans of escape, arrival of prisoners, his escape and recapture. First Edition, 283 pps. (Burlington, Vt. : 1902) $200.00

  7. SOLD Estabrooks, Henry L. Adrift in Dixie: or A Yankee Officer Among the Rebels. Introduction by Edmund Kirke. Story of a lieutenant in the 26th Massachusetts Infantry regiment who was captured by Berryville and sent to Libby Prison and later escaped. Previous owner's signature with 1866 date. Missing back loose endsheet and minor staining. 1st edition. Carleton, Publisher, 1866. Dark embossed cloth with minor wear. $75.00

  8. SOLD Forbes, Eugene. Death Before Dishonor: The Andersonville Diary of Eugene Forbes, 4th New Jersey Infantry. Ed. by William B. Styple. Belle Grove Pub. (1995). 206p. Dust jacket.$25.00

  9. SOLD Frost, Griffin. Camp and Prison Journal. Camp Pope Bookshop, 1994. 315p. Dust jacket. $35.00

  10. SOLD Futch, Ovid L. History of Andersonville Prison. With a new introduction by Michel P. Gray. Details conditions that existed at Andersonville, how they were dealt with and who was responsible. Revised edition. University Press of Florida, 2011. Soft cover. $19.95

  11. SOLD Geer, Captain J.J. Beyond the Lines - A Yankee Prisoner Loose in Dixie (1864) 285 pgs $115.00 Captured at Shiloh, tried before Bragg and Beauregard "on the most frivilous of charges" chained with negro chains and cast into military prisons and common jails, escaped, lived in swamps, aides by slaves, recaputred, imprisoned and later exchanged. (from preface)

  12. SOLD Genoways, Ted and Hugh H. Genoways. A Perfect Picture of Hell: Eyewitness Accounts by Civil War Prisoners from the 12th Iowa. A collection of harrowing narratives by soliders from the 12th Iowa Infantry who survived imprisonment in the South during the Civil War. The editors have collected the soldiers' accounts from diaries, letters, speeches, newspaper articles and rememberances. University of Iowa Press, 2001. Dust jacket. $42.95

  13. SOLD Genoways, Ted and Hugh H. Genoways. A Perfect Picture of Hell: Eyewitness Accounts by Civil War Prisoners from the 12th Iowa. A collection of harrowing narratives by soliders from the 12th Iowa Infantry who survived imprisonment in the South during the Civil War. The editors have collected the soldiers' accounts from diaries, letters, speeches, newspaper articles and rememberances. University of Iowa Press, 2001. Soft cover. $19.95

  14. SOLD Gindlesperger, James. Escape From Libby Prison. Burd Street Press (1996). 254p. Dust jacket. $24.95

  15. SOLD Hanaford, Mrs. P. A. Field, Gunboat, Hospital, and Prison; or, Thrilling Records of the Heroism, Endurance, and Patriotism, displayed in the Union Army and Navy during the Great Rebellion. C. M. Dinsmoor & Co., 1866. $75.00

  16. SOLD Hesseltine, William B. Civil War Prisons: A Study in War Psychology. Reprint. Ohio State University Press (1998), 290p. Dust jacket. $29.95

  17. SOLD Hopkins, Charles. The Andersonville Diary & Memoirs of Charles Hopkins, 1st New Jersey Infantry. Edited by William B. Styple and John J. Fitzpatrick. Foreword by Roger Long. Records the horror of Andersonville by one of its lucky survivors - recounted in a colorful writing style. 1st edition. Belle Grove Publishing, 1988. Dust jacket. $45.00

  18. SOLD Joslyn, Maurial The Biographical Roster of the Immortal 600. Compaion book to the Immortal Captives, includes histories of individual lives and military service records of the 600 Confederate officers who were placed in a stockade in Charleston Harbor and later Fort Pulaski. White Mane, 1992. Soft cover. $30.00

  19. SOLD Kirkland, Randolph W., Jr. Dark Hours: South Carolina Soldiers, Sailors and Citizens who were Held in Federal Prisons During the War for Southern Independence 1861-1865. After 15 years of research, Kirkland identified more than 11,200 South Carolinians held in captivity, drawing from more than 200 different sources. 1st edition. South Carolina Historical Society, 2002. Dust jacket, oversize. $85.00

  20. SOLD Knauss, William H. The Story of Camp Chase: A History of the Prison and Its Cemetery, Together with Other Cemeteries where Confederate Prisoners are Buried, etc. With a new introduction by David E. Roth. 1906 Reprint. Memorial edition. The General's Books, 1994. Dust jacket. $29.95

  21. SOLD Manakee, Harold R. Prison Camps in Maryland. Brief history of the various camps, including Fort McHenry and Camp Hoffman. With illustrations and drawings from actual prisoners of war. Wheeler Leaflet on Maryland History No. 21. Maryland Historical Society. Wraps. $5.00

  22. SOLD Miller, E. Lynn. Fresh Fish: A Civil War Prisoner's Story. The story of a Confederate soldier, his capture and incarceration in a succession of Union prisons. McClain Printing Co., 2003. Soft cover. $12.95

  23. SOLD O'Brien, John. Things Grew Beautifully Worse: The Wartime Experiences of Captain John O'Brien, 30th Arkansas Infantry, C.S.A. Edited by Brian K. Robertson. Includes his recollections while a prisoner in several Union prisons. The Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, 2001. Soft cover. $15.00

  24. SOLD Powell, Ransom. The Civil War Memoirs of Little Red Cap: A Drummer Boy at Andersonville Prison. Edited by Harold L. Scott. 1997. Soft cover. $13.95

  25. SOLD Ransom, John L. Andersonville Diary, Escape and List of the Dead, with Name, Co., Regiment, Date of Death and No. of Grave in Cemetery. Author was with the Ninth Michigan Cavalry. 1st edition. Auburn, NY, 1881. $175.00

  26. Ransom andersonville SOLD Ransom, John. John Ransom's Andersonville Diary. With an introduction by Bruce Catton. One of the best first-hand accounts from the Civil War. Reprint. Paul S. Eriksson, 1986. Dust Jacket with small tears. $35.00

  27. SOLD Richardson, Albert D. The Secret Service, the Field, the Dungeon and the Escape. Eye-witness account of a journalist's capture, life and escape from a Confederate prision. 1st edition. American Publishing Co., 1986. Leather bound, with rubbed spine. $55.00

  28. SOLD wirz Ruhlman, R. Fred. Captain Henry Wirz and Andersonville Prison: A Reappraisal. An analysis that will aid readers in reaching their own conclusions about the infamous prison warden and his his time at the most motorious Confederate Prison. Ruhlman goes beyond merely examining the trial of Wirz - which resulted in Wirz's execution - and presents his story and that of Andersonville in an engaging and thoughtful treatment. The University of Tennessee Press, 2006. Dust jacket. $34.95

  29. SOLD Segars, H. H. ed. Andersonville: The Southern Perspective. Southern Heritage Press, 1995. Wrps. Journal of Confederate History v. XIII, $16.95


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