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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 1. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Statement of General J. D. Imboden. (search)
lications from Captain Wirz which I had received, suggesting measures for the amelioration of the condition of the prisoners, strongly endorsed and approved by Colonel Gibbs, an old United States army officer, a cultivated, urbane and humane gentleman, commanding the post, made it apparent to my mind that I ought to make a personale, its cause. The guard then on duty consisted of a brigade of Georgia State troops, under command of Brigadier-General Gartrell. The post was commanded by Colonel Gibbs, who, as before stated, was an old army officer; and the prison proper was under the immediate command of Captain Wirz, who was tried and executed at Washingtoade, and from the lack of sufficient shelter from the sun and rain. Before my arrival at Andersonville, Captain Wirz had, by a communication forwarded through Colonel Gibbs, and approved by him, called my attention to the great deficiency of shelter in the stockade, and asked authority to supply it. He had made a similar applicati
Major Lynde, the officer who surrendered Fort Fillmore to the rebels in New Mexico, has been arrested by two of his subordinates, (Captains Gibbs and Potter,) who have taken the responsibility of conveying him to Santa Fe for trial. The old man was very indignant at this treatment, but the two captains were young and active, and held him fast.--N. Y. Evening Post, Sept. 11.
Ely presented with A wooden sword by his fellow-prisoners.--Hon. Alfred Ely, M. C., of the Rochester, (N. Y.) district, in Lincoln's Congress, who was captured on the field of Manassas on the memorable 21st of July, and who has since been imprisoned in one of the Richmond tobacco factories, was the recipient, a few days since, of a valuable token of the regard and esteem in which he is held by his fellow-prisoners. An ingenious artisan among the number fabricated a wooden sword of considerable dimensions and comely shape, together with a rope sash, which was presented to the belligerent Congressman by a committee in an address, which was replied to by the recipient of the honor in excellent style, followed by an acceptance of the gift. The prisoners, of whom Mr. Ely is one, seem to get along very well under the care of Capt. G. C. Gibbs, who has them in charge. Mr. Ely himself certainly has not suffered in flesh, however he may have done in the spirit.--Richmond Examiner, Oct. 7.
oners confined died within the space of eleven months. The crowding, the poor food, the lack of medicine, the hospital infected with gangrene, the lack of the simplest hygienic appliances, homesickness, and last, but not least, the hot Southern sun altogether took fearful toll of those confined within the stockade. With the approach of Sherman's army all prisoners, except about five thousand sick, were transferred to Savannah and Charleston during the months of September and October. Colonel G. C. Gibbs, who now commanded at the post, took energetic proceedings to renovate the command. It was possible to secure sufficient vegetable food for a few thousand men, and the death-rate fell considerably during December. Hospital sheds were built, and though a small number of prisoners was returned after General Sherman had passed, conditions were never so horrible. Camp Lawton, at Millen, Georgia, had been planned by General Winder early in the summer of 1864, after he had seen that th
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 3. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), The Nation on our discussion of the prison question. (search)
rvy. Captain Wirz had gangrene in an old wound, which he had received in the battle of Manassas, in 1861, and was absent from the post (Andersonville) some four weeks on surgeon's certificate. (In his trial certain Federal witnesses swore to his killing certain prisoners in August, 1864, when he (Wirz) was actually at that time absent on sick leave in Angusta, Georgia.) General Winder had gangrene of the face, and was forbidden by his surgeon (I. H. White) to go inside the stockade. Colonel G. C. Gibbs, commandant of the post, had gangrene of the face, and was furloughed under the certificate of Surgeons Wible and Gore, of Americus, Georgia. The writer of this can fully attest to effects of gangrene and scurvy contracted whilst on duty there; their marks will follow him to his grave. The Confederate graveyard at Andersonville will fully prove that the mortality among the guards was almost as great in proportion to the number of men as among the Federals. The paper of General I
ntage table of Federal losses at, X., 124 seq. Gettysburg, J. J. Roche, IX., 204. Gettysburg, E. C Stedman, IX., 24. Gettysburg!—a battle ode, G. P. Lathrop, IX., 218-226. Gettysburg address, A. Lincoln, II., 234. Gettysburg,, U. S. S., III., 342. Gholson, S. J., X., 275. Gholson, W. G.: III., 342; IV., 132. Gibbon, J.: I., 309; II., 88, 237, 320, 328; III., 87; IX., 193; X., 192. Gibbons, J. S., IX., 344. Gibbs, A., IV., 242. Gibbs, G. C., VII., 84. Gibbs, W., VII., 330. Gibraltar of the West, Vicksburg, Miss., II., 188. Gibson, H., VII., 20. Gibson, H. G.: Third United States Art., I., 281; II., 90; V., 33. Gibson, R. L., II., 348; X., 273. Giesboro: near Washington, D. C., IV., 33; cavalry depot at, IV., 33 seq., 35; government horse-shoeing shop at, IV., 68; cavalry station at, IV., 320; barracks at, IV., 325 seq., 327 seq.; Fort Carrol at, IV., 333. Giffen, I. N., IX., 64.
Hung jury. --The trial of John Walthall, for the murder of William Hamilton, was begun before Judge Lyons yesterday. It will be remembered that Walthall shot Hamilton, Sergeant of the Guard at the C. S. Military Prison, last summer, after being ironed by him for getting drunk. Major G. C. Gibbs, an important witness for the State, testified before the jury yesterday. The case was not concluded the jury remaining in custody of the City Sergeant last night.
To be brought here. --The 2,500 Yankees, now encamped at the Lynchburg Fair Ground, and consisting mostly of prisoners captured by Stone wall Jackson's army, are expected in Richmond to-day. Col. G. C. Gibbs, of the 42d N. C. regiment, has had charge of them for some time. The six hundred and odd now at Salisbury, N. C., in charge of Col. Godwin, are also expected here this week. They will be sent hence down the river. Among the prisoners at Salisbury is Col. Wilcox, of the 1st Michigan regiment, captured at Manassas, the first Yankee military Governor of Alexandria, Va., a very affable and gentlemanly man; also, Lt. Hamblin, son of old Tom, the play actor, and the notorious Michael Corcoran, Colonel of the 69th New York--all captured at Manassas.