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Chapter 20: the General exchange. Sheds. Spring has come. Sighing for news. prospect for exchange. left alone. ready to die During the month of February the rebels furnished material, and detailed a lot of prisoners-giving them extra rations-and had three sheds erected. These sheds were about twenty-five feet wide, by one hundred and fifty long; about five feet high at the eaves, and ten or twelve feet high in the center-roofed with boards, and left open on all sides. They were designed for a shelter for those who had no blankets or tents of any kind; and during a hard rain one thousand men would crowd under each shed. When it was not raining most of the men preferred to remain outside, on account of the vermin-especially fleas — which were so much worse in the dry sand under these roofs than in other parts of the prison. In the different narratives of Andersonville prison life, I have never seen any account of the building of these sheds; but I am glad to