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The Resource The world's largest prison : the story of Camp Lawton, John K. Derden

The world's largest prison : the story of Camp Lawton, John K. Derden

Label
The world's largest prison : the story of Camp Lawton
Title
The world's largest prison
Title remainder
the story of Camp Lawton
Statement of responsibility
John K. Derden
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"When it opened in October 1864, Camp Lawton was called "the world's largest prison." Operational only six weeks, this stockade near Millen, Georgia, was evacuated in the face of advancing Federal troops under General Sherman. In that brief span of time, the prison served as headquarters for the Confederate military prison system, witnessed hundreds of deaths, held a mock election for president, was involved in a sick exchange, hosted attempts to recruit Union POWs for Confederate service, and withstood escape attempts. Burned by Sherman's troops following its evacuation in late November 1864, the prison was never reoccupied. Over the next one hundred fifty years, the memory of Camp Lawton almost disappeared. In 2010, the Confederate military prison was resurrected--a result of the media event publically showcasing the findings of recent archeological investigations. This book not only summarizes these initial archeological findings, but is also the first full-length, documented history of Camp Lawton. Drawing from material in the National Archives, other repositories, and libraries, the author reveals published and unpublished accounts of ex-POWs, family stories, as well as relevant narrative that examines the experience of prison administrators, guards, POWs, and the local populace placing the history of the prison in the broader context of the Civil War. Camp Lawton's history illuminates the treatment of Union POWs, the strengths and weaknesses of the Confederacy in the last stages of the war, the impact of Sherman's March, divisions among the Confederate populace and leadership, and the significant human toll of the conflict."--Publisher's website
Biography type
contains biographical information
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Derden, John K
Dewey number
973.7/7
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
E612.C26
LC item number
D47 2012
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Camp Lawton (Prison stockade)
  • United States
  • Georgia
  • Jenkins County (Ga.)
Label
The world's largest prison : the story of Camp Lawton, John K. Derden
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 233-245) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The setting -- An emerging tragedy -- A theoretical solution: the building of Camp Lawton -- The reality: life's necessities at Camp Lawton -- Voter, recruiters, galvanizers, escapees, and guards -- The collapse: "war is hell" -- The aftermath: the trials of the living and the Odyssey of the dead -- The resurrection of Camp Lawton
Control code
ocn795909448
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
259 pages, [24] pages of plates
Isbn
9780881464153
Isbn Type
(hardback : alk. paper)
Lccn
2012021537
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
40021930816
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
  • (OCoLC)795909448
  • (Sirsi) a1801024
Label
The world's largest prison : the story of Camp Lawton, John K. Derden
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 233-245) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The setting -- An emerging tragedy -- A theoretical solution: the building of Camp Lawton -- The reality: life's necessities at Camp Lawton -- Voter, recruiters, galvanizers, escapees, and guards -- The collapse: "war is hell" -- The aftermath: the trials of the living and the Odyssey of the dead -- The resurrection of Camp Lawton
Control code
ocn795909448
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
259 pages, [24] pages of plates
Isbn
9780881464153
Isbn Type
(hardback : alk. paper)
Lccn
2012021537
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
40021930816
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
  • (OCoLC)795909448
  • (Sirsi) a1801024

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