Confederate Prisoners Waiting for the
Railroad Train; Chattanooga, Tennessee; 1864
At the battle of Chattanooga the Army of the Cumberland
under General Thomas assailed the field-works at the foot of Mission Ridge,
November 25 1863, and captured them at the point of the bayonet. Then,
without orders, the troops, eager to wipe out the memory of Chickamauga,
pressed gallantly on up the ridge, heedless of the deadly fire belched into
their very faces, and overran the works at the summit like a torrent,
capturing thirty-five guns and prisoners wholesale. As this photograph was
taken, some of the Confederate prisoners were standing at the railroad depot
awaiting transportation to the prisons in the North. There such bodies were
usually guarded by partially disabled soldiers organized as the Veteran
Reserve Corps. They had more to eat than the Northern prisoners in the
South, yet often less than the amount to which they were entitled by the
army regulations. In the South, during the last years of the war, prisoners
almost starved, while their guards fared little better. With all the
resources of the North, Confederate prisoners often went hungry, because of
the difficulty of organizing such a tremendous task and finding suitable
officers to take charge. The Northern soldiers in the field frequently
suffered from hunger for days at a time.
page 37 in 1911 book
- page 37 of the book
- It appears that this is the photo that is referred to in the narrative on
page 35 where it says, "In this photograph appear more of the prisoners
represented on the previous page, captured at the battle of Chattanooga,
November 23, 24, and 25, 1863."
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