Civil War Prisons North

The civil war PRISONS in the north display just how bad thIs Fight was, and how close this nation was from falling apart. The way the citizens of the United states were treated by Eachother during this time is not as extenSive, but close to that of the holocaust.

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.

The Chase memorial

Camp douglas (chiCago, illinois)

Douglas was established in 1863 and was very notorious for its poor living CONDITIONS, And also death rate of beTween 17 and 23%. Captives had deScribed the camp of always having a rotten corpse smell. the officers of thIs camp are recorded to have purposely made the confederates food ration so small that 1/7 soldiers died at some poiint in them being held at douglas.

This picture really shows how crowded thes camps could really become

"In memory of the siX thousand southern soldiers. Here bUried, who died in camp douglas prison."

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.

Another time in American history that is similar to that of Civil War prisons is when Japan attacked Pearl Harbor in 1941, after this attack the United States found many Japanese who lived in America were connected to the plannings of the attack. Soon after discovering this, Franklin D. Roosevelt decide to make internment camps and place every person of Japanese deScent in these camps until the end of World War II.

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