RE: [civilwarwest] POWs from Vicksburg, Ms
- 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
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.
Judy and Bob Huddleston
10643 Sperry Street
Northglenn, CO 80234-3612
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.