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On the other hand, those who had been rated indifferent or ordinary showed unexpected treasures of strength and resourcefulness, cheering their despondent comrades, and preventing them from giving up the fight.
The veneer of convention often peeled away, showing the real man beneath, sometimes attractive, sometimes unpleasant.
Men who were confined for any length of time stood naked, stripped of all disguise, before their fellows.
Where conditions were particularly
Les Miserables de City Point—Confederates facing their second fight, 1865
The above caption written on this photograph by a Confederate prisoner's hand speaks eloquently for itself.
This was the only Federal prison without any barracks.
Only tents stood upon the low, narrow sand-spit.
Prisoners were sent here from the West for exchange at City Point; at times as many as twenty thousand were crowded within the limits of the stockade.
But from the faded photograph on this page there is reflected t