Views of Andersonville Prison, 1865Item 84290 info
Maine Historical Society
Survival was a challenge for soldiers taken prisoner on either side of the conflict.
Prisons confined large numbers of captured soldiers in relatively small areas – conditions that meant disease was rampant.
Shortages of food, clothing, and often of shelter, were common.
Nearly 30 percent of soldiers – about 13,000 men – held at the infamous Andersonville Prison in Georgia died.
About a quarter of Confederate soldiers held at Elmira Prison in New York met the same fate.
The length of the war and the number of prisoners overwhelmed both sides.