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The U.S. Colored Troops at Andersonville Prison

Bob O'Connor (Author)

ISBN: 0-7414-5767-9 ©2009
Price: $10.95
Book Size: 5.5'' x 8.5'' , 103 pages
Category/Subject: HISTORY / United States / Civil War Period (1850-1877)

The brave and heroic U. S. Colored soldiers who endured incarceration at the infamous Andersonville Prison in Georgia are honored in this non-fiction book. And it’s about time.

This is the untold record of the over 100 Union black soldiers who suffered confinement at the infamous Andersonville Prison in Georgia.

The men, representing ten regiments but mostly from the 8th USCT and the 54th Massachusetts Volunteers, were among only 776 USCT prisoners in a war in which over 180,000 USCT participated. Usually, instead of taking USCT prisoners, the Confederates killed the USCT men.

Remarkably, though the men suffered from lack of clean water, very little food and almost no medicine, all but one of the thirty-four USCT men who died there have marked graves with their names and regiments.

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Customer Reviews

  U.S. Colored Troops at Andersonville Prison , 02/02/2010
Reviewer: Linda Murr
An enlightening and concise history of the African-American men and two white officers who fought at Olustee, Fort Pillow, and Petersburg, some of whom were captured and shipped to the infamous Confederate prison camp. Through Bob O'Connor's meticulous research, the reader learns about the organization of the U.S.C.T., the pay discrepancy between the black and white Union soldiers, and statistics about the prison. Text and photographs of U.S.C.T. cemetery markers of those who died and were buried at Andersonville, in addition to a listing of those men who survived, are included. An esssential and important resource for those who study the Civil War and to U.S.C.T. re-enactors.

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