During the Civil War both the Confederates and the Union armies had established prison camps. In the north there were many camps spread throughout the northeast and northwest consisting of thousands of Comfederate soldiers. The general conditions of these camps described by the captives them selves; harsh living conditions, cramped living space, deadly and rapid spreading diseases and sadistic treatment from the guards or commanding officers. Not all cases were as brutal as those described but this is what many recall.
Camp chase (ColuMbus, ohio)
Camp chase was established in 1861 and had a maximuM hold of 10,000 CoNfederate soldiers and At many time Went over their population compacity. This camp was also a training camp orignially for Union soldiers before It was turned inot a prison. Today, there is a cemetary of 2,260 graves.
Elmira prison camP (elmira new york)
ElmiRa was known as one of the more horriD prison camps in the north, many prisoners referEd to it as "Hellmira". It was established in 1864 aNd has a compacity of 12,000. coNfederate soldiers died here from various reasons such as Bad liVing Conditions and diseases.
The Elmira prison itself is today a correctional facility and still standing today.
These are some pictures of what the diseas an starvatioN deaths looked like throughout the camps
Civil War prisons and the topic in general connects to nationalism in a very direct way because they display the meaning of nationalism itself. Even though the country is divided at the time, both the Confederate and Union army are trying to protect what they feel is right and symbolizes how patriotic both side are of their morals.
Knowing about these prisons helps ones understanding of the war itself because it shows how far people were willing to go to win. To even put their own people that they are trying to bring together as a country in prisom camps. Being an American is simply that you will do anything for your country, while also maintaining the foundation the country was made on.