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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
April 4th, 1865 AD (search for this): chapter 1.3
ery was used, so that they could be easily cleared. At Castle Thunder there was but little besides tobacco with which to feed either the prisoners or their captors. When the Federal troops finally occupied the city, they found the warehouses full of tobacco and gleefully helped themselves to it. Not a single source of supply of food was to be found within the town. Rations from the Federal stores were issued to a large number of the needy and hungry inhabitants. Castle thunder on April 4, 1865—a Petersburg tobacco factory used as a prison Inside the prison yard set to work to build frame barracks which would be adequate to shelter the multitude, but General Winder, after inspection, pronounced the place unfit for a prison and declared that the prisoners should shortly be moved. All work was thereupon suspended, though the prisoners were not moved, and the greatest suffering occurred after this time. An organization and a tributary territory sufficient for two thousand p
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