Confederate Prisons – 1861-1862

Civil War historian Lee Thomas Oxford has signed a book contract with  The History Press  of Charleston, South Carolina.  The History Press will publish Oxford’s manuscript currently entitled, “Live Oak on Hatteras: The Capture of the U.S. Gunboat Fanny & The Chicamacomico Affair on North Carolina’s Outer Banks – October 1-5, 1861.” The final title [...]

Pvt. John C. DRURY, 13-year-old 20th Indiana Volunteer and POW

John C. Drury turned 13 just days before enlisting with the 20th Indiana Volunteer Regiment on July 22, 1861.  Drury claimed he had enlisted as a musician, though I have found no special designation as such  in Drury’s 1900 Invalid Pension Deposition, transcribed by me below.  The deposition, given when Drury was 52,  is loaded [...]

Columbia Jail POW Transfers from the Richmond Tobacco Warehouses – November 1861

A list compiled from the 1861 appendix of the journal of NY Congressman Alfred Ely of Rochester, who was an prisoner in Richmond after being captured in the retreat at Bull Run ion July 1861.   This list I’ve compiled below identifies the Richmond Tobacco Warehouse prisoners transferred to Columbia, SC, in November 1861.  The [...]