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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 22. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), The prison experience of a Confederate soldier. (search)
The prison experience of a Confederate soldier. Narrative of the hardships, sufferings, and Hazards of six hundred officers of the Confederate States Army, who were prisoners from August 16th, 1864, to March 4th, 1865, and for six weeks on Morris Island, by Federal effort, were under fire from Confederate batteries. By Abram Fulkerson, late Colonel Sixty-third Tennessee Infantry, Army of Northern Virginia. The writer of the following unvarnished tale is a prominent citizen of Virgini prisoners. The prisoners were divided in January, 1865, I think, one portion remaining in the fort, the other being taken to Hilton Head, but for what purpose we were not informed. The retaliatory expedition south terminated on the 4th day of March, 1865. On that day we were taken aboard the steamer Illinois, which had been used as an emigrant ship before the war. Our treatment on the return ship was quite in contrast with the voyage down. The prisoners were furnished with rooms, and we