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By Ed Glennan

This can be a documentary paintings supplying a first-person account of a Union soldier's day-by-day adversity whereas a prisoner of conflict from 20 September 1863 to four June 1865. In 1891, whereas a sufferer on the Leavenworth nationwide domestic, Irish immigrant Edward Glennan started to write down his reviews in shiny element, describing the months of malnutrition, publicity, sickness and self-doubt. the 1st six months Glennan was once incarcerated at Libby and Danville prisons in Virginia. On 20 March 1864, Glennan entered Camp Sumter, situated close to Andersonville, Georgia. He reminisced in regards to the occasions of his eight-month captivity at Andersonville, corresponding to the placing of the Raider Six, get away tunnels, playing, buying and selling, ration wagons, and ailment. stricken with scurvy, Glennan approximately misplaced his skill to stroll. to extend his percentages for survival, he skillfully befriended different prisoners, sharing assets received via alternate, robbery and trickery. His neighbors left him both by way of parole or dying. On 14 November 1864, Glennan used to be transported from Andersonville to Camp Parole in Maryland; there he remained until eventually his discharge on four June 1865.

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I be mindful not anything simply whilst Sitting up. Richard Thatcher’s Civil struggle enlistment portrait on the age of 15, 1861 (courtesy collage of important Oklahoma Archives/Special Collections). at some point Dick got here by myself as He occasionally did with my espresso & I take into accout Noticing whatever thing the problem with Him like these new desponding Prisoners i discussed earlier than so I requested Him & stumbled on it was once so. He was once attending to surrender. The sight of lots Human distress used to be an excessive amount of for His younger brain & He used to be giving strategy to it. I gave Him the previous Recipe, advised Him to Knock round & to not allow His brain live on domestic & whilst He Felt that solution to pass & thieve whatever with a view to get Punished as A Theif. The Punishment was once Flogging by way of our legal Police, if a guy used to be stuck stealing or For Him to Knock a few Fellow right down to do whatever to be able to get His brain of[f] domestic strategies for they'd Kill Him swifter than the felony therapy could & that if He enjoyed lifestyles enough to Ever desire to get domestic to take my suggestion. you might have obvious the culmination in legal of desponding males demise. Now allow me exhibit you the culmination of taking my recommendation there & i'll provide it from the mans personal Lips. at the twenty second of April 1889, the day Oklahoma used to be opened,20 Harry P. Weir & i used to be at Richard Thacher’s domestic in Neodasha. 21 i used to be there to get His affidavit & Harry got here with me, & in the course of our dialog, Dick made the comment that to the recommendation He received From a few one in Andersonville, He could Thank for His dwelling to return out of it. Mrs. Thacher, Dicks spouse, used to be current & She stated, convinced, Dick frequently pointed out that guy & the recommendation He gave Dick yet may by no means keep in mind the fellow or the situations less than which He got it. I requested if He take into accout the recommendation & He repeated it & acknowledged on the time it sounded unusual suggestion yet He it. [Th]at it got here From an previous Prisoner & He Had on the time self assurance within the guy giving it yet to avoid wasting His existence. He couldn't take into accout who or what the guy used to be & usually wanted He may well as He notion that guy via that suggestion Had kept His lifestyles. i'll Remembered the condition For to that & others love it, I owed my lifestyles. So I requested Dick to enable all recommendations out of His brain of His current atmosphere & in mind's eye go back to Andersonville & take into account the 1st day He Had Entered the criminal. He concept for a short while & I requested Him if He might position Himself the place He used to sleep. He stated sure. I then requested Him if He Remembered the subsequent morning after He arrived of Him & Harry assembly or seeing an outdated Comrade of Harry’s & Making espresso & Bringing it to Him a few instances bothe of them & a few occasions Himself by myself, conversing of a few situations that He Remembered & so allow Him to the Morning I gave Him that suggestion & all of it got here to His brain in the intervening time as simple because the time it happened & the tears got here to His Eyes because the photo of that morning in August 1864 got here to His brain yet sufficient that He as totally appreaciated it as I did His Kindness & the Kindness of Harry to me while i wished it & never—never shall I or am i able to disregard them, yet to come back the Kindness of these have been making me suppose a lot more suitable & I requested Harry one morning the place they acquired their offer of espresso For they have been now approximately or 3 weeks & nonetheless espresso each day.

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