Andersonville Diary, Escape And List Of The Dead

John L. Ransom (1843 - 1919)

John L. Ransom was the quartermaster of Company A, 9th Michigan Volunteer Cavalry during the American Civil War and a Union prisoner in the infamous Confederate prison at Andersonville, Georgia. This is his diary which he published some few years after the end of the Civil War. Note that in pages 193 through 301 are included 1) List of the Dead and 2) Recapitulation of Deaths By States; both of these sections are omitted from this LibriVox reading.

The Andersonville National Historic Site, located near Andersonville, Georgia, preserves the former Camp Sumter (also known as Andersonville Prison), a Confederate prisoner-of-war camp during the American Civil War…. The site is an iconic reminder of the horrors of Civil War prisons. It was commanded by Major Henry Wirz, who was tried and executed after the war for murder. It was overcrowded to four times its capacity, with inadequate water supply, reduction in food rations, and unsanitary conditions. Of the approximately 45,000 Union prisoners held at Camp Sumter during the war, nearly 13,000 men died. The chief causes of death were scurvy, diarrhea, and dysentery. Friends provided care, food, and moral support for others in their social network, which helped a prisoner survive. For the highlights of the trial of Henry Wirz see Librivox recording Henry Wirz, Commander of Andersonville Confederate Prison: Trial and Execution (Excerpt from Trial Of Henry Wirz) by United States Army Staff Judge Advocate. - Summary by Wikipedia and david wales

Genre(s): *Non-fiction, War & Military, Biography & Autobiography

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 00 Dedication And Introduction David Wales
Play 01 Part 1 The Capture David Wales
Play 02 Part 2 New Year's Day David Wales
Play 03 Part 3 Pemberton Building (Including Routed At Midnight) David Wales
Play 04 Part 4 Andersonville Section 1 David Wales
Play 05 Part 4 Andersonville Section 2 David Wales
Play 06 Part 5 From Bad To Worse David Wales
Play 07 Part 6 The Raiders Put Down (Including An Account Of The Hanging) David Wales
Play 08 Part 7 Moved Just In Time David Wales
Play 09 Part 8 Hospital Life David Wales
Play 10 Part 9 Removed To Millen David Wales
Play 11 Part 10 Escape But Not Escape David Wales
Play 12 Part 11 Re-captured David Wales
Play 13 Part 12 Final Escape -- A Successful Escape David Wales
Play 14 Part 13 Safe And Sound (End Of Diary) David Wales
Play 15 Part 14 The Finis -- What Became Of The Boys David Wales
Play 16 Part 15 Michael Hoare's Escape (Letter To John L. Ransom) David Wales
Play 17 Part 16 Rebel Testimony David Wales
Play 18 Part 17 Summary David Wales
Play 19 Part 18 The War's Dead David Wales
Play 20 Part 19 Ex-Prisoners And Pensioners David Wales
Play 21 Part 20 Honoring President James A, Garfield David Wales
Play 22 Part 21 Pension Bill February 16, 1880, House of Representatives David Wales