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Bulletin Board: In Their Own Words 1999

Re: Archaeology and our memory of the past

Posted by Reynolds Cushman on September 07, 1999 at 09:02:48:

In Reply to: Archaeology and our memory of the past posted by Elizabeth Himelfarb on September 01, 1999 at 06:35:57:

One of the questions that offers some intrigue and could be researched further is the change in treatment of the Confederate prisoners by their captors on Johnson's Island after word of conditions at Andersonville began to make its way into the Northern press. Conditions did change at all Union POW camps, but unfortunately for Confederate prisoners, it was manifested in a deliberate withholding of food rations, clothing, medical attention and fuel to burn in stoves during winter months. Extant diaries, letters and journals have brought much to light of the changed conditions but the degree to which conditions for prisoners changed may well be evidenced in the archaeological work now being undertaken.

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