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War of vengeance : acts of retaliation against Civil War POWs
Speer, Lonnie R.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
Mechanicsburg, PA : Stackpole Books, [2002]

Physical Description:
xvii, 190 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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The violent retaliation between sides in the American Civil War was perhaps most apparent in the taking of prisoners. Often, these retaliatory measures were enacted against the innocent-prisoners who were unfortunate enough to be in wrong place at the wrong time. Each chapter of this book undertakes to describe a specific event of retaliatory action. Lonnie Speer takes no sides as he points an accusing finger at both the Union and the Confederacy for their equal parts in treating the prisoners poorly. He explores this little-known wartime violence, focusing on the most notorious and well-documented cases of the practice.

Author Notes

A historian and freelance writer, Lonnie R. Speer has published several articles in Civil War Times Illustrated and America's Civil War. He lives in North Carolina

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Introduction: The Laws of Warp. xi
Chapter 1 "It's Me You Want" James Wilsonp. 1
Chapter 2 "Brought Down to the Level of a Skulking, Cowardly Pirate" Michael Corcoranp. 14
Chapter 3 The Palmyra Massacrep. 29
Chapter 4 "The Designs of the Mob" Gainesvillep. 42
Chapter 5 "Dance the Damned Scoundrels ... through Hell!" Shelton Laurelp. 58
Chapter 6 "I Regret I Did Not Burn Any Bridges" Corbin and McGrawp. 71
Chapter 7 "So Shall We Do by Lee" Flinn and Sawyer, and Leep. 81
Chapter 8 Prisoners as Pawns Charleston and Morris Islandp. 95
Chapter 9 "Sharply Hungry, Desperately Hungry--All the Time" Union Rationsp. 114
Chapter 10 "Crimes Which Disgrace the Age" The Crimes of Warp. 129
Notesp. 149
Bibliographyp. 169
Indexp. 185