I believe in compulsory cannibalism. If people were forced to eat what they killed, there would be no more wars. Abbie Hoffman
The American Civil War is a fascinating time in history. Although I've done only enough reading on it to pass my mandatory classes in American History on the way to my degree in European History, there are still parts of it that I find interesting.
One such fascination deals with the horrors and deprivations in the Andersonville Prison, where Union POWs were kept. Although the South did not do experiments on the people, nor kill them outright as the concentration camps of WWII have revealed to be the fate of the people sent there, it was still a horrible place where food, clean water, medical attention, and humane living conditions were in either short supply or non-existent. The commander of the prison, one Henry Wirz, was tried and convicted of war crimes after the end of the war. He was the highest ranking Confederate soldier so tried, convicted, and executed.This Day in History: American Civil War: General Robert E. Lee surrenders to Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox, effectively ending the American Civil War.
Labels: American History, Civil War