Prison, A Unique Photograph
Several views of Libby Prison were taken from the land
side, but this picture is unique in that it shows the building as it
appeared from the river. The boat at the landing is loaded with provisions
which have been brought from the mills of the upper James River for the
prisoners and garrison. The view is taken from the south side of the dock.
This photograph, with those on the three following pages, were taken inside
the Confederate lines during the war by Confederate photographers. The
officers in Libby Prison were not satisfied with their food, with the
exception of Major James M. Sanderson, who had served in the Union
commissary department and who issued a statement confirming the claims of
the Confederate officials, thereby exciting the ire of his fellow-prisoners,
who held a mass-meeting to condemn him.
This may be a post-war photo, which would make the description of the
provisions in error.
page 54 in 1911 book
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War Anecdotes, Incidents and Articles.
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History of the Civil War includes improved images using digital images
from the Library of Congress, when available. It also includes additional
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