11538Re: [civilwarwest] Re: / paroling and exchanging (was: THE BATTLE OF VICKSBURG
- Jun 3, 2002In a message dated Mon, 3 Jun 2002 12:37:55 PM Eastern Daylight Time, carlw4514@... writes:
>He didn't make it. The cartel was suspended per orders
> -The decision to stop exchanging prisoners IMO was one
> of the most regrettable decisions Grant ever made.
from Stanton in July, 1863. Grant's role was to maintain
that suspension for most of 1864, and we know he did so
out of a belief that exchange favored the South. At the
time of Grant's taking the top command, the dispute between
the two sides involved on the order of 17,000 men. That
is, the South thought the North owed them 7,000 men, and
the North thought the South owed them 10,000 men, or
something like that. This part of the dispute centered
on problems with accounting of paroled men.
Then there was the issue of black troops and the Davis
government's stated policy to treat them as something other
I hope to have an article on this subject published in the
near future. For now, since I am unsure whether it is
on topic for our discussion, I will point you to a web
page (http://members.aol.com/jfepperson/pow.html); that
is the correct URL but AOHell appears to have temporarily
lost the page. I'll reload it tonight.
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