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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 12. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Incidents of prison life at camp Douglas—Experience of Corporal J. G. Blanchard. (search)
Incidents of prison life at camp Douglas—Experience of Corporal J. G. Blanchard. By Rev. William G. Keady. [The following interesting narrative is from the pen of a gallant soldier who lost an arm while serving in the trenches at Vicksburg, and whose empty sleeve tells as eloquently of his devotion to the Confederate cause as his voice now pleads the cause of the Prince of Peace]: Amongst the prisoners captured at Island No.10, and sent to Camp Douglas, Illinois, in April, 1862, was Corporal J. G. Blanchard, of the celebrated Pointe Coupee Battery, of Louisiana. Though then barely seventeen years of age, he had already been over a year in active service; and the restless activity, untiring energy, and unbounded enthusiasm characterizing his course from the time of his entry into service, bespoke unmistakably of how lively he would make matters if circumscribed for an indefinite term within the boundaries of a prison camp. When the news of the capture of his native city reac