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By Ed Glennan

This can be a documentary paintings supplying a first-person account of a Union soldier's day-by-day adversity whereas a prisoner of battle from 20 September 1863 to four June 1865. In 1891, whereas a sufferer on the Leavenworth nationwide domestic, Irish immigrant Edward Glennan started to write down his reviews in vibrant aspect, describing the months of malnutrition, publicity, affliction and self-doubt. the 1st six months Glennan used to be incarcerated at Libby and Danville prisons in Virginia. On 20 March 1864, Glennan entered Camp Sumter, positioned close to Andersonville, Georgia. He reminisced concerning the occasions of his eight-month captivity at Andersonville, comparable to the striking of the Raider Six, break out tunnels, playing, buying and selling, ration wagons, and ailment. bothered with scurvy, Glennan approximately misplaced his skill to stroll. to extend his probabilities for survival, he skillfully befriended different prisoners, sharing assets bought via exchange, robbery and trickery. His associates left him both by way of parole or dying. On 14 November 1864, Glennan was once transported from Andersonville to Camp Parole in Maryland; there he remained till his discharge on four June 1865.

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They did now seek us yet [—] attempted to Bluff out folks all they can. They Left us. quickly approximately solar down, there has been a few Pint of Boiled wheat Issued to us for supper. there has been not anything Else to provide us. My Regimental health care professional got here to me & instructed me i might need to do the simplest i'll. there has been no attainable room For me within the tents yet He might have huge Fires outfitted outdoors for us & he acknowledged He could attempt & get me a few Blankets to sleep on. After darkish he got here & gave me Blankets & I ready to put down for the evening. there has been only a few people outdoor with any Blankets so I referred to as to me one of many 88th Ills. It used to be referred to as the Chicago Board of exchange Regiment & used to be equipped in Chicago. This guy I observed used to be a rustic guy of mine. His identify used to be William Best2 & He used to be a Brother in legislation of Taylor the beef Pastier of Chicago on the time. most sensible was once wounded within the Knee via a greenback shot. It used to be a Flesh wound & no longer harmful. I invited invoice as I referred to as Him to proportion my Blanket & we Layed down & inspite of the soreness i used to be being affected by, I went to sleep. How lengthy, I dont be aware of yet I awakened & while I woke, i used to be sitting upon my Blankets it seems that cozy & simply sitting there. Now I Knew whilst I went to sleep i used to be Laying down so what the Dickens Woke me up & positioned me Sitting up? It definitely used to be no longer the discomfort of my Foot. That used to be my first proposal. No, my wound used to be no longer very Painfull, no less than no longer adequate to wake me & by no means sufficient to place me a sitting up on My—My—Oh My Blankets! I seemed round considering a few Fellow woke me up yet no, each guy used to be sound asleep round me. I spoke to invoice, no solution. He was once sleeping. now not a Wakefull soul in sight, I now felt my Blankets, either very Stiff. I Had no longer spotted them while I Lays down yet now I observed they have been stiff from the consequences of Blood drying on them. I meant that they had been taken from a few terrible wounded Comrade ahead of the healthcare professional Had introduced them to me. I back Layed down. I slept & back woke up sitting up nonetheless. i couldn't account for it For my Wound used to be now not complicated & the sensation I Knew it used to be no need for me to put down back for my sleep used to be all long past. i assumed of the bad Fellow that Had final Lain on them. It was once one of those lonesome sitting there with all of the different snoozing so I gave invoice a Punch that woke Him. He requested me what I woke Him for & I instructed Him i couldn't Sleep telling Him How I Had two times been awakened sitting & in regards to the Blood at the Blankets. That Raised Him & He sat up checked out the Blankets & desired to move slowly out clear of them yet I instructed Him to stay & if shall we stay up, lets stay up & speak. We performed so & I then discovered who He used to be as i've got pointed out. whereas we have been speaking, I seemed to my correct & north towards the springs. there has been most likely 12 or 15 different Fires as ours used to be, with a physique of fellows Laying round them as we have been dozing yet as I seemed, I observed simply Coming in view of the sunshine of the Farthest fireplace a guy in gray Uniform. He didn't glance very simple to me firstly yet as He got here closer to the fireplace nearest Him, he walked round it & appeared to be analyzing the lads.

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