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The “Emerging Civil War Series” Series: Hellmira

Making of Hellmira not so Hellish Having grown up just thirty miles from Elmira, it is easy for me to sympathize with John R. King—a Confederate prisoner of war who was incarcerated at the POW camp along the banks of … Continue reading

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A Box of Hellmira

It’s always exciting to have a box of new ECW books show up on my doorstep. The latest package, arrived this week, was filled with Derek Maxfield’s new entry in the ECW Series, Hellmira: The Union’s Most Infamous Civil War … Continue reading

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The Trust’s 2019 Teacher Institute: The Great Humanitarian Crisis of the War—Civil War Prisons

As a college professor, I don’t have to sit through many lectures (and I seldom, if ever, actually give any, preferring discussion-based lessons instead). So, it’s been a while since I’ve sat through a lecture and even longer since I’ve … Continue reading

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Day Two: Andersonville

Part four in a series Two weeks ago, I discovered I had an ancestor who fought in the Civil War. This was big news for me because, according to family history on both sides, my ancestors were immigrants who came … Continue reading

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Gettysburg Gets Personal

Today, we are pleased to welcome back guest author Derek Maxfield. “There it is,” I said to a companion.  “There is his name,” I said as I stared up at the bronze letters on the Pennsylvania monument, “That is my … Continue reading

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Escape from Hellmira!

One hundred and fifty years ago today, Confederate prisoners being held in Elmira Prison in upstate New York started construction on a tunnel that would allow ten men to burrow their way to freedom. It was the only one of … Continue reading

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Who Do You Remember?

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Remembering “Hellmira”

Katie Logothetis’ series about Fredericksburg National Cemetery inspired a stop at Woodlawn National Cemetery in Elmira, NY, where Confederate POWs who died at the Elmira prison camp are buried.

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The Dead of “Hellmira”

A few weeks ago, I visited the former site of the Civil War prison in Elmira, New York. At the time, I recalled a quote from David Blight’s Race and Reunion, which said, “The infamous sites of Civil War prisons…were … Continue reading

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“Hellmira”—a Place of “Terrible Memory,” Nearly Forgotten

Driving through Elmira, New York, last week, a comment from David Blight’s Race and Reunion sprang to mind. In the book, he quotes Clay MacCauley, a veteran from Rhode Island: “The infamous sites of Civil War prisons, [MacCauley] wrote, were … Continue reading

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