d intensely from the cold winds from Lake Erie.
Some of them froze on the terrible New Year's Day of 1864. here were unsatisfactory, partly because of a feud between the surgeon and the commandant.
The sick-rate was high.
The barracks could accommodate less than half the prisoners sent here and tents were used by the remainder well on into the winter, though the weather became intensely cold.
On December 4, 1864, the inspecting officer reports that both meat and flour were bad and that 1166 of the prisoners had not even one blanket.
The cold winds seemed especially severe upon the prisoners from the Gulf States, who, thinly clad and poorly nourished, were especially susceptible to pneumonia.
The death-record furnished the commissary-general of prisoners shows for the winter of 1864– 65 an average death-rate of five per cent. a month.
The next class, that in which tents were used for shelter, includes but two prisons, City Point in Maryland, and Belle Isle, in the James Rive