Civil War Prison Camps Essay

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Civil War Prison Camps
It was 1864 when Horatio Kirkland Foote was taken to a prison camp. Horatio was taken to Andersonville which is located in south-west Georgia where within the 14 months that the prison was open over 45,000 other people were taken as well. Andersonville was the largest prison camp out of more than 150 recorded camps between both sides. When Horatio was at Andersonville, the conditions were vile along with all prison camps of the Civil War. If you were in one of the prisons you could expect to be deprived of clothing, nutrition, and stable living conditions. It is said that Horatio ''bunked'' (they were got actually given rooms or romates but Horatio shared blankets so they would stay warm better) with three others. As was said earlier living conditions were unstable Horatio and his three ''roommates'' were using few blankets to make a haven for the duration that they were together. Later Horatio was sent on a train from Andersonville to Charleston which is located in South Carolina. When they first arrived he was so debilitated that he was barley able to stand on his own due to an illness he acquired on the train. Fortunately unlike many others, Horatio was able to fight off the illness and become as virile as a person could get in a place of such conditions. He became equipped with better clothes and a blanket to keep warm from a boy who gave them to Horatio just before he passed away.
The following affirmation was based on notes from friends of Horatio. When Horatio once again became afflicted he was taken to the infirmary. Once there he was taken care of, yet absolved before he was fully rejuvenated. Horatio was sent back to the prison where he died due to starvation and the bad accommodations of the prison camps. After he succumbed his friends and acquaintances sent notes to mainly his mother (along with other relatives.) They told of their benevolence toward Horatio along with his great effort to endure the day-to-day life of Andersonville.

These are some of the notes that were sent to the family of Horatio Kirkland Foote. One of the letters was sent to Perryl who may have been a friend of the families. The others where sent to Mr and Mrs.Foote.

The day-to-day life in a prison camp took much servitude although, it was said both sides of the Civil War stated it was unintentional for the prisoners to be treated atrociously.Even with their so-called efforts in Andersonville alone there would be 129 deaths per day (these rates are of prisoners.)That would be equivalent to one person dying every eleven minutes. So many people demised due to the very tight rations of decontaminated food and water.
The main water source for some prisoners was the ''Sweet Water Branch.'' This river was...

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