By Hugh H. Genoways, Ted Genoways, Hugh H Genoways
From the capturing of an unarmed prisoner at Montgomery, Alabama, to a profitable get away from Belle Isle, from the swelling floodwaters overtaking Cahaba legal to the inferno that at last engulfed Andersonville, an ideal photograph of Hell is a suite of harrowing narratives via squaddies from the twelfth lowa Infantry who survived imprisonment within the South through the Civil warfare. Editors Ted Genoways and Hugh Genoways have accumulated the warriors' startling debts from diaries, letters, speeches, newspaper articles, and remembrances. prepared chronologically, the eyewitness descriptions of the battles of Shiloh, Corinth, Jackson, and Tupelo, including accompanying debts of approximately each recognized accomplice felony, create a shared imaginative and prescient of lifestyles in Civil conflict prisons as palpable and quick as they're traditionally invaluable. Captured 4 instances in the course of the process the conflict, the twelfth Iowa created narratives that show an image of the altering southern criminal method because the Confederacy grew ever weaker and illustrate the turning out to be animosity many southerners felt for the Union infantrymen. in short introductions to every conflict, the editors spotlight the twelfth lowa's actions within the months among imprisonments, delivering a different backdrop to the warriors' bills. An acquisitions editor on the Minnesota old Society Press, Ted Genoways is the founder and previous editor of the lierary magazine Meridian and the editor or writer of a number of books, together with the coming near near within the Trenches; Soldier-Poets of the 1st international warfare, Hugh Genoways serves as chair and professor of the Museum reviews software on the college of Nebraska-Lincoln.
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Lyman was in the act of loading his musket and holding it near the muzzle with his left hand and carrying the ramrod in his right he walked to where his body lay, stopped and gazed at it just long enough to be satisﬁed that life was extinct; then placing the butt of his musket along side of the brother’s head he ﬁnished loading and until the end came he stood there at his dead brother’s side loading and ﬁring as rapidly as it was possible for him to do. The picture was one that was indelibly ﬁxed on my mind and I have often wished I possessed the ability to transfer it to canvas.
The long, wet winter at Fort Donelson had taken its toll on the spirit and health of nearly every man in the 12th. On March 28, Fourth Corporal Abner Dunham of Company F wrote his family: This is as beautiful a spring morning as I ever saw. the sun shines out in his splendor. the grass is growing trees budding out peach trees in full bloom & the little bird singing their sweet songs cannot help but be pleasing to the soldier as it is here at the present time. it does look beautiful to see the peach trees in full bloom.
M. Wednesday, when, during a rain-storm that ﬁlled the streets with water, we marched two miles to a three-story brick block on the levee. My squad was quartered in the third story, the ﬂoors below being occupied as a wholesale grocery. After our severe experiences for three days and three nights, this shelter was exceedingly grateful. Let a Yankee remain in one place long enough to take his bearings, and with or without capital he sets himself up in business. ’’ There was a large new tarpaulin of considerable value, forty feet long by eighteen feet wide, that had been prepared with waterproof substance on the ﬂoor of our new quarters.