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Captives in Blue, Captives in Blue, 081731783X, 0-8173-1783-X, 978-0-8173-1783-6, 9780817317836, , , Captives in Blue, 0817386513, 0-8173-8651-3, 978-0-8173-8651-1, 9780817386511, , , Captives in Blue, 0817360069, 0-8173-6006-9, 978-0-8173-6006-1, 9780817360061,

Captives in Blue
The Civil War Prisons of the Confederacy
by Roger Pickenpaugh

Trade Cloth
2013. 320 pp.
20 B&W figures
Price:  $49.95 s
E Book
2013. 320 pp.
20 B&W figures
Price:  $49.95 d
Quality Paper
2020. 320 pp.
20 B&W figures
Price:  $29.95 s
Expected Availability 10/6/2020

Captives in Blue, a study of Union prisoners in Confederate prisons, is a companion to Roger Pickenpaugh’s earlier groundbreaking book Captives in Gray: The Civil War Prisons of the Union, rounding out his examination of Civil War prisoner of war facilities.
In June of 1861, only a few weeks after the first shots at Fort Sumter ignited the Civil War, Union prisoners of war began to arrive in Southern prisons. One hundred and fifty years later Civil War prisons and the way prisoners of war were treated remain contentious topics. Partisans of each side continue to vilify the other for POW maltreatment. Roger Pickenpaugh’s two studies of Civil War prisoners of war facilities complement one another and offer a thoughtful exploration of issues that captives taken from both sides of the Civil War faced.
In Captives in Blue, Pickenpaugh tackles issues such as the ways the Confederate Army contended with the growing prison population, the variations in the policies and practices inthe different Confederate prison camps, the effects these policies and practices had on Union prisoners, and the logistics of prisoner exchanges. Digging further into prison policy and practices, Pickenpaugh explores conditions that arose from conscious government policy decisions and conditions that were the product of local officials or unique local situations. One issue unique to Captives in Blue is the way Confederate prisons and policies dealt with African American Union soldiers. Black soldiers held captive in Confederate prisons faced uncertain fates; many former slaves were returned to their former owners, while others were tortured in the camps. Drawing on prisoner diaries, Pickenpaugh provides compelling first-person accounts of life in prison camps often overlooked by scholars in the field.

Roger Pickenpaugh is the author of many books on Civil War history, including Camp Chase and the Evolution of Union Prison Policy and Captives in Gray: The Civil War Prisons of the Union.

“The real highlight of this volume is the author’s extensive use of prisoner diaries, memoirs, and other manuscript sources to document what they felt and thought about the conditions and circumstances regarding their stay as guests of their enemy, in virtually all of the camps operated in the Confederacy.”
Journal of America’s Military Past

Captives in Blue is an excellent book that more thoroughly details life in Confederate-run prisons than anything currently available. I think it will stand as the starting place for all future studies of Southern prisoner of war facilities for a long time.”
—James M. Gillispie, author of Andersonvilles of the North: The Myths and Realities of Northern Treatment of Civil War Confederate Prisoners and Cape Fear Confederates: The 18th North Carolina Regiment in the Civil War

Captives in Blue will appeal to a wide audience for good reason. It is the most compressive treatment of prisoners of war to date. Generalists and an educated public audience will find it readable and not laden with jargon. For Civil War historians and graduate students, this book provides a rich documentary trail. Captives in Blue brings coherence to the complicated movements and experience of prisoners of war.”
Civil War Book Review
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