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Just of curiosity, why did they take a picture? Seems posed, so it had to be for a reason.
Did he recover afterwards?
The USA was the first nation to employ concentration camps. First against Native Americans, then during the Civil War. The British found it a jolly good idea, so they did the same 50 years later in South Africa during the Boer War. From then on it became a more common thing in conflict areas until the Germans improved them during World War II into extermination camps.
How can humanity be so cruel and vicious?
As we entered the place, a spectacle met our eyes that almost froze our blood with horror, and made our hearts fail within us. Before us were forms that had once been active and erect;—stalwart men, now nothing but mere walking skeletons, covered with filth and vermin. Many of our men, in the heat and intensity of their feeling, exclaimed with earnestness. “Can this be hell?” “God protect us!” and all thought that he alone could bring them out alive from so terrible a place. In the center of the whole was a swamp, occupying about three or four acres of the narrowed limits, and a part of this marshy place had been used by the prisoners as a sink, and excrement covered the ground, the scent arising from which was suffocating. The ground allotted to our ninety was near the edge of this plague-spot, and how we were to live through the warm summer weather in the midst of such fearful surroundings, was more than we cared to think of just then.
Dude that ran this camp was 1 of only 2 people tried and executed for war crimes during the Civil War.
My ancestor, Isaac Edward Wentz, was held captive for most of the civil war by the confederates, until he was released and died of chronic diarrhea.
Just on a human aspect this is horrible, but I cannot comprehend how can you do that to people from your own country.
This is all I think of when someone mentions “Southern Pride” or flies a Confederate flag.
How you get like this and still be alive.
I’m “happy” that I got to see an actual case of starvation/skeletonism from a “real” picture. A lot of Civil War and WW1 photos were staged/bodies moved around, and I remember seeing a “skeleton” in a WW1 uniform on the ground and I thought “nah that’s not how that should work…” But now I can finally see an actual extreme starvation, to the bone, and have a better idea of war accounts when they mention people looking like skeletons. I just wonder how the guy survived at least until his release.
Seems posed, so it had to be one of the civil war by the prisoners as a human?
Not so fun fact. A man on my Mother’s side was a prisoner there and a man on Father’s side was a guard there.
Anybody have any info on similar war crimes during the civil war? Was it only the Confederacy? Seems like we only depict the war as a bloody but ‘civil’ conflict.
But the war was just about heritage. It wasn’t a real war.. /s
In warrant officer candidate school we took a staff ride (read field trip) to Andersonville. It’s a hallowed place.