In and Out of Rebel Prisons

This week Al mackey highlights the Book “In and Out of Rebel Prisons” by Alonzo Cooper at–

I agree that no prison cam on either side was a desired place to be, but Mr. Cooper there are a couple of things you should know. It was your participation in an illegal war that resulted in your capture and imprisonment in Andersonville. It was the greed and the determination of United States Presidents to collect “revenue” from the South that caused this illegal war Blame yourself, Blame them.

It was the actions of your President Lincoln and your General Grant that caused your continued confinement in Andersonville. These are the men who choose not to let exchanges continue. Blame them.

If not you at least some of your messmate burned, murdered old men women and children of all races in the South. Anything that could be carried away was taken, what could not be stolen was destroyed. Women were raped and sent North, people were starved and abused in all sorts of manner. yet you dare to complain about you conditions? Are you going to blame these civilians?

Yes please tell us how the Confederate POWs lived a life of luxury in plaves like camp Chase and Elmira. perhaps if they had not been deliberately treated as badly as they were we would not have this facts —

United States prisoners held in Southern prisons, . 270,000
United States prisoners died in Southern prisons, . 22,000
About 8 per cent.

Confederate prisoners held in Northern prisons, . . 220,000
Confederate prisoners died in Northern prisons, . . 26,000
About 12 per cent.


About the Negroes, 500 yards. Are you sure they had surrendered, no knives obeying the orders of their captors?? 500 yards really?I couldn’t find any after action report that supports your statement, but there is one witness account in the Official Records. Perhaps this could be a result of ya’ll burning the town of Plymouth?

As I have stated before, Andersonville was a result of you following your President in a illegal war. But that is really another issue. We know the Confederates provided for the men under them as best as they could given the conditions of the war at that time. This is proven by a fellow you may have met —

“I am certainly no admirer of Jefferson Davis or the late Confederacy, but in justice to him and that the truth may be known, I would state that I was a prisoner of war for twelve months, and was in Andersonville when the delegation of prisoners spoken of by Jefferson Davis left there to plead our cause to with the authorities at Washington; and nobody can tell, unless it be a shipwrecked and famished mariner, who sees a vessel approaching and then passing on without rendering aid, what fond hopes were raised, and how hope sickened into despair waiting for the answer that never came.

In my opinion, and that of a good many others, a good part of the responsibility for the horrors of Anderson rests with General U.S. Grant, who refused to make a fair exchange of prisoners.”

Henry M. Brennan, Late Private, Second Pennsylvania Cavalry”

(Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume I, page 318)

Now we also know that your own general Sherman had this to say about the POWs in Andersonville–
These I ordered back, and offered General Hood to exchange them for Stoneman, Buell, and such of my own army as would make up the equivalent; but I would not exchange for his prisoners generally, because I knew these would have to be sent to their own regiments, away from my army, whereas all we could give him could at once be put to duty in his immediate army.
Blame your leaders not the Confederates.

You and your other loyal patriots came South to fight a war of greed. To bad you left your humanity at home and had to pay the price for your actions.


War of the Rebellion: Serial 120 Introduction
‘The Confederates would soon run out of men, but it meant they had to cope with unprecedented numbers of Union prisoners while the Confederacy was running short of everything, including food.”
War of the Rebellion: Serial 121 Page 0603 CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.-UNION AND CONFEDERATE.


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