A Perfect Picture of Hell: Eyewitness Accounts by Civil War Prisoners from the 12th Iowa (Paperback)
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A Perfect Picture of Hell: Eyewitness Accounts by Civil War Prisoners from the 12th Iowa (Paperback)

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Paperback 338 Pages / Published: 31/05/2001
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From the shooting of an unarmed prisoner at Montgomery, Alabama, to a successful escape from Belle Isle, from the swelling floodwaters overtaking Cahaba Prison to the inferno that finally engulfed Andersonville, A Perfect Picture of Hell is a collection of harrowing narratives by soldiers from the 12th lowa Infantry who survived imprisonment in the South during the Civil War. Editors Ted Genoways and Hugh Genoways have collected the soldiers' startling accounts from diaries, letters, speeches, newspaper articles, and remembrances. Arranged chronologically, the eyewitness descriptions of the battles of Shiloh, Corinth, Jackson, and Tupelo, together with accompanying accounts of nearly every famous Confederate prison, create a shared vision of life in Civil War prisons as palpable and immediate as they are historically valuable. Captured four times during the course of the war, the 12th Iowa created narratives that reveal a picture of the changing southern prison system as the Confederacy grew ever weaker and illustrate the growing animosity many southerners felt for the Union soldiers. In brief introductions to each battle, the editors highlight the 12th lowa's activities in the months between imprisonments, providing a unique backdrop to the soldiers' accounts. An acquisitions editor at the Minnesota Historical Society Press, Ted Genoways is the founder and former editor of the lierary journal Meridian and the editor or author of several books, including the forthcoming In the Trenches; Soldier-Poets of the First World War, Hugh Genoways serves as chair and professor of the Museum Studies Program at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Publisher: University of Iowa Press
ISBN: 9780877457596
Number of pages: 338
Weight: 503 g
Dimensions: 230 x 149 x 21 mm


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"Editors Ted and Hugh Genoways have brought together the stories of roughly twenty men--captured variously at Shiloh, Corinth, Jackson, and Tupelo--into a moving and informative collection...While the stories of the prisoners in "A Perfect Picture of Hell" speak eloquently for themselves, they are enhanced by the editors' prologue and other introductory materials, which set both the experiences of the regiment as a whole and the individual authors in context. This anthology, though of obvious value to those interested in the 12th Iowa, is much more than a regimental history. These men's prison experiences speak for those of thousands of other soldiers who served and suffered. As such, this book is a valuable contribution to the literature on Confederate prisons as a whole."--"The Journal of Southern History"


" ... an unfailingly fascinating account of the deprivation, maltreatment, and brutality that characterized life in southern prison camps. Insightful and at times heart-wrenching "A Perfect Picture of Hell" will appeal to anyone with an interest in this aspect of the Civil War."--Ethan S. Rafuse, "Civil War Book Review"


Editors Ted and Hugh Genoways have brought together the stories of roughly twenty men captured variously at Shiloh, Corinth, Jackson, and Tupelo into a moving and informative collection While the stories of the prisoners in "A Perfect Picture of Hell" speak eloquently for themselves, they are enhanced by the editors' prologue and other introductory materials, which set both the experiences of the regiment as a whole and the individual authors in context. This anthology, though of obvious value to those interested in the 12th Iowa, is much more than a regimental history. These men's prison experiences speak for those of thousands of other soldiers who served and suffered. As such, this book is a valuable contribution to the literature on Confederate prisons as a whole. "The Journal of Southern History""


an unfailingly fascinating account of the deprivation, maltreatment, and brutality that characterized life in southern prison camps. Insightful and at times heart-wrenching "A Perfect Picture of Hell" will appeal to anyone with an interest in this aspect of the Civil War. Ethan S. Rafuse, "Civil War Book Review""

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