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Andersonville Diary: A True Account | [John L. Ransom]

Andersonville Diary: A True Account

Almost 10 times as many men died in the Civil War prison camps of the North and South as were killed at the Battle of Gettysburg. One such camp was Andersonville, where Union soldiers like Brigade Quartermaster John L. Ransom of the Ninth Michigan Cavalry, were subjected to hunger, disease, cruelty, and despair. Captured in November 1863, Ransom kept his spirits and courage up enough to survive and record this compelling true account of his experiences.
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Andersonville Diary: A True Account is the harrowing diary of John Ransom, a 20-year-old Union soldier who was captured then detained in Andersonville, Georgia, at a Confederate prison camp.

This true story begins in the fall of 1863 when Ransom became a prisoner of war in Tennessee. In plain-spoken language and startling detail, Ransom writes unflinchingly about the unsanitary conditions of the camp that sees 140 prisoners dying daily. At other points, before eventually escaping, Ransom suffers from scurvy and starvation.

Adrian Cronauer serves up his restrained, earthy performance with a slight Southern drawl.

Publisher's Summary

Almost 10 times as many men died in the Civil War prison camps of the North and South as were killed at the Battle of Gettysburg. One such camp was Andersonville, where Union soldiers like Brigade Quartermaster John L. Ransom of the Ninth Michigan Cavalry, were subjected to hunger, disease, cruelty, and despair. Captured in November 1863, Ransom kept his spirits and courage up enough to survive and record this compelling true account of his experiences.

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What the Critics Say

"It is one of the best of the many fine first-hand accounts that have come down to us from the Civil War." (Bruce Catton)
"Adrian Cronauer's reading is flawless and riveting." (Kliatt Magazine)

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    Randolph Edmonds, WA, United States 10-11-03
    Randolph Edmonds, WA, United States 10-11-03 Member Since 2003
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    "It was an awful time"

    While I had heard the name and knew it to be a terrible place this book gave the horrid details. Born and raised in the old south I wish it were not true, but it is. The amazing thing is that the author really lived through it all. An detailed account of a man who went through Andersonville and in the end was saved by friends who cared. This is a book we should all read or listen to as a part of our history. This book also brought out the importance of keeping a personal journal so that history will not be lost.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Todd Henderson, NV, USA 04-01-03
    Todd Henderson, NV, USA 04-01-03
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    "Fabulous!"

    What an amazing saga! If you did not know it was fact, you would believe that only fiction could be so cruel, and portray such a tale of human suffering and endurance. We take for granted the suffering of others in securing the priveledges that we have. I recommend this highly.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Martha rapid city, SD, USA 04-03-03
    Martha rapid city, SD, USA 04-03-03
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    "interesting history"

    I love to read diaries. This one was intersting, but got a little long. The shocking conditions of the prisoner of war camps was repeated over and over and after a while got depressing.

    3 of 11 people found this review helpful
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