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01-24-2009, 05:27 AM
I'm looking for a good book on the Andersonville prison. I want something that is more of a history of the prison and not just a first-hand account. What is the best book on this subject?
01-24-2009, 08:00 AM
I would suggest WIlliam Marvel's Andersonville:The Last Depot UNC Press 1994 ISBN 0-8078-2152-7 Excellant read, and pretty unbiased.
As far as personal accounts (I see your a new reenactor, and 1st hand accounts you will find are the best!!) I would suggest John Ransom's Andersonville Diary: Life Inside The Civil War's Most Infamous Prison Berkley ISBN 0-425-14146-2
Both are excellant books. Easy to read and Ransom's book is a real gas. I will be rereading both here in a little bit getting ready for a living history at the site.
01-24-2009, 10:28 AM
Ditto on both those. Ransom's account is very very good.
"I will be rereading both here in a little bit getting ready for a living history at the site."
I was at the site in 1998. The living history group there was doing a Confederate guard impression. Are you doing guards or prisoners?
01-24-2009, 11:38 AM
We'll be prisoners.. there is a group that does guards as well, I think its the GA State line. but not sure
01-24-2009, 06:45 PM
When I was there three years ago I met the man who wrote "Mother May You Never See the Sights I've Scene" about the 57th MA. He was writing one about Andersonville. If it's been published and is as well written as the 57th's book, it should be a good read.
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