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Prison Life in Dixie

Giving a Short History of the Inhuman and Barbarous Treatment of Our Soldiers by Rebel Authorities

Prison Life in Dixie by Sergeant Oats
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It is not claimed that this story gives a full and perfect history of the sufferings of the Union prisoners in the South during the Civil War. The writer has endeavored to furnish such descriptions and incidents that give the reader a true picture of Rebel prisons and the means and methods of either surviving or dying in them.

The author describes his harrowing capture and imprisonment by the Rebels at Sumter Prison a.k.a. “Andersonville Prison Pen”. Renowned as one of the worst prisons of the Civil War, the Andersonville pen spread over only 11 acres, with a 12-foot wall surrounding over 33,000 Union soldiers.

Jumping from a moving train to escape, Oats and his companion traveled by night through swamps, woods, and fields, subsisting on frogs and corn only to be recaptured by enemy soldiers. Transported from jail to jail, spirits broken, lice-ridden, starved, and ill-clothed, the two men landed back at the Andersonville pen in an evil twist of fate.

Digital Scanning, Inc.; January 2000
209 pages; ISBN 9781582181011
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Title: Prison Life in Dixie
Author: Sergeant Oats