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RE: [civilwarwest] POWs from Vicksburg, Ms

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  • Bob Huddleston
    The lice was a problem not limited to those coming from POW camps or who had been blocked up in a besieged city. James Garfield wrote some humorous letters
    Message 1 of 6 , Dec 22, 2004
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      The lice was a problem not limited to those coming from POW camps or who had
      been blocked up in a besieged city. James Garfield wrote some humorous
      letters home about the problems with Graybacks! His wife probably wasn't
      amused!

      And the Vicksburg folk signed paroles, stating they would not fight again
      until they had been exchanged. Many went home and never showed up. But quite
      a number were captured at Chattanooga -- one of the factors leading to the
      end of the exchange system.

      Take care,

      Bob

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      Incidentally, if you are immersing yourself in being a Vicksburg POW, be
      ready for a little different exerience. The CSA troops did not surrender to
      traditional POW camps. They surrendered by signing oaths of allegiance.
      Those that didn't desert simply stayed with their regiments until they could
      go back to action. As Bown was killed at Vicksurg, Cockrell took over teh
      famed brigade which simply camped at Demopolis, Ala until they could go back
      into action. For the Missouri Brigade, that meant they were assigned to
      French's Division and the Atlanta campaign.

      Ron Wright
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