Changing The Guard At Elmira Prison, 1864
This photograph of the
quarters of the guards who kept watch of the thousands of Confederate
prisoners confined at Elmira shows that conditions were much better outside
the camp than in. The long shadows of the regular lines of tents indicate
plainly that it was taken late in the afternoon. The leafage on the trees
fixes the season as summer. The men are apparently engaged in changing
guard. Dr. E. F. Sanger, the surgeon attached to Elmira, had great
difficulty in getting his requisitions filled. In the midst of plenty in the
rich State of New York the prisoners were attacked by scurvy on account of
lack of fresh vegetables.
page 167 in 1911 book
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