The Union Prison at Fort Delaware: A Perfect Hell on Earth

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McFarland, Jan 1, 2003 - History - 175 pages
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Located on Pea Patch Island at the entrance to the Delaware River, Fort Delaware was built to protect Wilmington and Philadelphia in case of an attack by sea. When the Civil War broke out, Fort Delaware's purpose changed dramatically -- it became a prisoner of war camp. By the fall of 1863, about 12,000 soldiers, officers, and political prisoners were being held in an area designed to hold only 4,000 -- and known as the "Andersonville of the North, " a place where terrible sickness and deprivation were a way of life. Many books have been written about the Confederacy's Andersonville and its terrible conditions, but comparatively little has been written about its counterparts in the North. The hellish conditions at Fort Delaware -- for prisoners and guards alike -- are fully explored.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Construction of Fort Delaware
3
From One Extreme to Another
10
Exchanges and the Writ of Habeas Corpus
19
The Growth of the Prison Population
28
Life on the Devils Half Acre
39
Hope and Survival on the Devils Half Acre
51
Difference of Opinion The Other Side of the Dead
71
Outside Influences
95
The End of the Line
133
Regulations for Union War Prisons
149
Notes
159
Bibliography
167
Index
171
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