gradually grew worse, as it was generally crowded, even after some of the officers were sent to Macon, Danville, and Salisbury.
The prison at Cahaba, Alabama, was an old cotton-shed, partially unroofed, with bunks for five hundred men. A few hundred prisoners were confined here early in 1864, but were transferred to Andersonville soon after that prison was opened.
In the summer of 1864 prisoners were again sent here, and in
Belle isle the Confederate commandant in the foreground the capitol of the Confederacy in the distance
Prominent in the foreground is Major Thomas P. Turner, commandant of Belle Isle and Libby Prison.
He is clad in Confederate gray, with a soft felt hat, and his orderly stands behind him. Before him are some tents of the Union prisoners—a trifle nearer the Capitol at Richmond seen across the river than they care to be at the present juncture.
The fact that this noble edifice was erected under the direction of Thomas Jefferson, on the plan of the Maison