The Immortal 600: Surviving Civil War Charleston and Savannah

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In 1864, six hundred Confederate prisoners of war, all officers, were taken out of a prison camp in Delaware and transported to South Carolina, where most were confined in a Union stockade prison on Morris Island. They were placed in front of two Union forts as "human shields" during the siege of Charleston and exposed to a fearful barrage of artillery fire from Confederate forts. Many of these men would suffer an even worse ordeal at Union-held Fort Pulaski near Savannah, Georgia, where they were subjected to severe food rationing as retaliatory policy. Author and historian Karen Stokes uses the prisoners' writings to relive the courage, fraternity and struggle of the "Immortal 600."
ISBN: 9781609499891
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: South Carolina
Series: Civil War
Images: 28
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Karen Stokes is an archivist with the South Carolina Historical Society in Charleston, South Carolina. She is a contributor to many historical publications regarding the Civil War. Her first book with History Press, South Carolina Civilians in Sherman's Path: Stories of Courage Amid Civil War Destruction, was published in 2012.
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