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Andersonville Diary, Escape And List Of The Dead

John L. Ransom (1843-1919)

1. Dedication And Introduction
2. Part 1 The Capture
3. Part 2 New Year's Day
4. Part 3 Pemberton Building (Including Routed At Midnight)
5. Part 4 Andersonville Section 1
6. Part 4 Andersonville Section 2
7. Part 5 From Bad To Worse
8. Part 6 The Raiders Put Down (Including An Account Of The Hanging)
9. Part 7 Moved Just In Time
10. Part 8 Hospital Life
11. Part 9 Removed To Millen
12. Part 10 Escape But Not Escape
13. Part 11 Re-captured
14. Part 12 Final Escape -- A Successful Escape
15. Part 13 Safe And Sound (End Of Diary)
16. Part 14 The Finis -- What Became Of The Boys
17. Part 15 Michael Hoare's Escape (Letter To John L. Ransom)
18. Part 16 Rebel Testimony
19. Part 17 Summary
20. Part 18 The War's Dead
21. Part 19 Ex-Prisoners And Pensioners
22. Part 20 Honoring President James A, Garfield
23. Part 21 Pension Bill February 16, 1880, House of Representatives

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John L. Ransom was the quartermaster of Company A, 9th Michigan Volunteer Cavalry during the American Civil War and a Union prisoner in the infamous Confederate prison at Andersonville, Georgia. This is his diary which he published some few years after the end of the Civil War. Note that in pages 193 through 301 are included 1) List of the Dead and 2) Recapitulation of Deaths By States; both of these sections are omitted from this Librivox reading. The Andersonville National Historic Site, located near Andersonville, Georgia, preserves the former Camp Sumter (also known as Andersonville Prison), a Confederate prisoner-of-war camp during the American Civil War…. The site is an iconic reminder of the horrors of Civil War prisons. It was commanded by Major Henry Wirz, who was tried and executed after the war for murder. It was overcrowded to four times its capacity, with inadequate water supply, reduction in food rations, and unsanitary conditions. Of the approximately 45,000 Union prisoners held at Camp Sumter during the war, nearly 13,000 men died. The chief causes of death were scurvy, diarrhea, and dysentery. Friends provided care, food, and moral support for others in their social network, which helped a prisoner survive. For the highlights of the trial of Henry Wirz see Librivox recording Henry Wirz, Commander of Andersonville Confederate Prison: Trial and Execution (Excerpt from Trial Of Henry Wirz) by United States Army Staff Judge Advocate.