SIA2056: Dejected Confederate Prisoners

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Date Added:2006/10/28

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Dejected Confederate prisoners, captured at the Battle of Chancellorsville, march behind their own captured battle flags.

Conditions in prisoner of war camps, north and south, were rarely good.

T.D. Witherspoon, a chaplain of the 42nd Mississippi Regiment captured after the Battle of Gettysburg, claimed that, "The rancid meat and the musted bread...were utterly destructive of health, and had we not been provided with better food through the generosity of friends in Baltimore...few of us would have survived."

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