The Photographic History of the Civil War
                  Volume 7 -
Prisons and Hospitals

  Libby Prison after the War Ruins in the Foreground


Libby Prison after the War Ruins in the Foreground

This photograph was taken in April, 1865, after the city bad passed into the hands of the Federals. The near-by buildings had been destroyed, and the foreground is strewn with debris and bricks. The prison was purchased as a speculation some time after the war and transported to Chicago. The enterprise, like every other monument of bitterness, failed and has since been destroyed. While it was still standing, among its exhibits were some ghastly drawings of the horrors of Andersonville, under the charge of an old soldier whose duty it was to dilate upon them. One day his account of the unspeakable misery there so inflamed the mind of a young man belonging to the generation after the war that he broke into cursing and reviling of the Confederacy. The Union veteran listened quietly for a moment, and then said: "That's all over now, and both sides are glad of it. If the truth were known, I guess we did pretty nearly as bad in some of our prisons, especially considering our superior resources. Just stow away that cussing, young man. If there's. any cussing to be done, we old soldiers will do it and we don't want to." Happily, the above furnishes no hint of the dark side of war.

page 93  in 1911 book

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