A Perfect Picture of Hell: Eyewitness Accounts by Civil War by Hugh H. Genoways, Ted Genoways, Hugh H Genoways

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By Hugh H. Genoways, Ted Genoways, Hugh H Genoways

From the taking pictures of an unarmed prisoner at Montgomery, Alabama, to a winning break out from Belle Isle, from the swelling floodwaters overtaking Cahaba legal to the inferno that eventually engulfed Andersonville, an ideal photo of Hell is a suite of harrowing narratives by means of infantrymen from the twelfth lowa Infantry who survived imprisonment within the South through the Civil warfare. Editors Ted Genoways and Hugh Genoways have gathered the warriors' startling bills from diaries, letters, speeches, newspaper articles, and remembrances. prepared chronologically, the eyewitness descriptions of the battles of Shiloh, Corinth, Jackson, and Tupelo, including accompanying bills of approximately each well-known accomplice felony, create a shared imaginative and prescient of lifestyles in Civil battle prisons as palpable and speedy as they're traditionally helpful. Captured 4 occasions in the course of the process the warfare, the twelfth Iowa created narratives that exhibit an image of the altering southern felony method because the Confederacy grew ever weaker and illustrate the becoming animosity many southerners felt for the Union infantrymen. in short introductions to every conflict, the editors spotlight the twelfth lowa's actions within the months among imprisonments, delivering a distinct backdrop to the warriors' money owed. An acquisitions editor on the Minnesota historic Society Press, Ted Genoways is the founder and previous editor of the lierary magazine Meridian and the editor or writer of a number of books, together with the coming near near within the Trenches; Soldier-Poets of the 1st global conflict, Hugh Genoways serves as chair and professor of the Museum experiences software on the collage of Nebraska-Lincoln.

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Let a Yankee remain in one place long enough to take his bearings, and with or without capital he sets himself up in business. ’’ There was a large new tarpaulin of considerable value, forty feet long by eighteen feet wide, that had been prepared with waterproof substance on the floor of our new quarters. This was hastily rolled and left in one end of the room. Exigencies of the service required that this tarpaulin be at once issued as far as it would go, in strips four feet by six, which was accordingly done without ceremony.

No response, but a shot . . his blood calls for Vengeance . . ‘‘Remember the Murder of Bliss,’’ let that be our War Cry. When Jackson died in prison, still awaiting his chance at vengeance, his death was recorded in his journal by his friend Nathaniel E. Duncan watching over him at his bedside. Van Duzee remembered after the war: Lieut. L. W. Jackson of ‘‘H’’ Company, 12th Iowa, found a small American flag. After covertly displaying the treasure to all, Lieut. J. divested { prologue } 13 himself of his clothing and wrapped the flag around his body.

We were allowed to go into the woods for fuel, and to escort our dead to burial; decent coffins and a hearse were furnished, the graves were dug; in fact, our treatment under Major Hardee indicated his nature to be that of a refined gentleman. Late in June he was succeeded by Major Rylander, who, we were informed, was by profession a Methodist clergyman. We soon found him to be a cold, canting, cadaverous excrescence that subsisted on cruelty, and whose assumption of piety was a damnable fraud. If there is such a place, we may fairly conclude he was ‘‘foreordained’’ to at least a probationary period of future existence in his old-fashioned sulphurous hell.

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