“I have up to the present time received over 3,000 of our men”: Prisoner exchanges in November 1864 upriver from Fort Pulaski

One of the long standing myths associated with the Civil War is that Lieutenant-General U.S. Grant stopped exchanges mid-way through the war.  This normally offered as a blanket statement.  And the lack of exchanges is then cited as causing the swelling prison population.  As I’ve discussed at length during the sesquicentennial, the Federals curtailed exchangesContinue reading ““I have up to the present time received over 3,000 of our men”: Prisoner exchanges in November 1864 upriver from Fort Pulaski”

Diary of Henry Clay Dickinson: Fort Pulaski NM continues the story of the Immortal 600

Indeed, the story of the Immortal 600 did not end when the prisoners left Morris Island.  I’m glad to see Fort Pulaski National Monument is continuing to mark the sesquicentennial of the events by posting excerpts from the diary of Henry Clay Dickinson, Captain of the 2nd Virginia Cavalry and one of the Immortal 600:Continue reading “Diary of Henry Clay Dickinson: Fort Pulaski NM continues the story of the Immortal 600”

Removed to Fort Pulaski: The Immortal 600 depart Morris Island

On October 20, 1864, Major-General John Foster reported a change with the 600 prisoners held on Morris Island: I have the honor to report that since my communication of the 13th instant nothing of note has transpired in this department except the removal of the rebel prisoners of war from Morris Island, S.C., to FortContinue reading “Removed to Fort Pulaski: The Immortal 600 depart Morris Island”