which occurred in Confederate prisons.
The total deaths among the prisoners were 29,498, divided as follows: from disease, 24,886; died of wounds received in battle, 2,072; accidents, 7; drowned, 7; killed after capture, 104; executed by the enemy, 64; sunstroke, 20; causes known but unclassified, 319; cause not stated, 2,039.
With the exception of the loss from disease, the deaths among prisoners are included in the various classifications of Tables B and C. The loss among prisoners from “cause not stated” (2,039 deaths) was probably due, for the most part, to disease, and might will good reason be added to the 24,866 deaths from disease.
Most of the deaths from wounds and executions, among prisoners,--together with some from other causes — occurred while in the enemy's hands, but before arriving at the prison pens.
The total deaths among prisoners (2,498) include all who died while in the enemy's hands — whether in prison, or on their way there, or in the field hospitals, or while lying disabled within the enemy's lines.
Since the publication by the War Department, in 1885, of its exhibit of deaths during the late war, additional information has been acquired which has increased the number of deaths among the prisoners until the aggregate has reached a total of 30,156.
Of the 9,058 deaths from accidents — Table B, Column III--4,944 were from drowning.
With the latter are included over one thousand who lost their lives in the explosion and sinking of the steamboat Sultana
on the Mississippi River
; also, those who were lost at sea by the sinking of the steamer General Lyon