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Riassunto: The story of Johnson's Island prison in Lake Erie where 2500 Confederate officers were incarcerated during the Civil War. Frohman uses diaries, letters, official records and newspaper accounts to describe the prisoners' lives and the history of the prison.
Dall'autore: As the Civil War increased in length and devastation, 300 acres of land off the Ohio shore of Lake Erie in Sandusky Bay became more and more important to both the Federal and the Confederate commands. On Johnson's Island were confined about 2500 officers captured on the fields of battle - "the flower of Southern manhood."
Midway in the war experienced leaders were sorely needed in the Southern armies, more seriously affected than those of the North by lack of men. A number of adventurous imaginations, in the summers of 1863 and 1864, toyed with schemes for the liberation of the officers on the Island, perhaps simultaneously with many more thousands of Confederate troops held prisoner in Camp Douglas near Chicago, Camp Morton at Indianapolis, and Camp Chase at Columbus, Ohio.
These northwestern states seemed to be the logical place for such an uprising. This region was the stronghold of copperheadism of various titles and degrees. A partisan estimate was of 300,000 who were "agin the government" in its war policies. Here the peace faction of the Democratic party was sizable and belligerent. Its eloquent leader, Clement L. Vallandigham, had been banished from his native Ohio and was living within easy reach in Canada.
Many Canadians were warmly sympathetic to the Southern cause, and the Confederate government had appointed three commissioners to that province to influence public opinion and to make trouble for the Union as opportunity arose. The Great Lakes were undefended except for one small gunboat. If lake commerce might be disrupted and lake cities threatened, military attention might be diverted to the new danger points, with happy results on battlefields farther south.
But the so-called Northwest Conspiracy was dependent upon too many imponderables, was too loosely organized and quite too impractical to be translated into action. A mixture of chivalry and chicanery was involved in both its formulation and its failure.
For a few years, then, there were rebels on Lake Erie, rebels in and around Sandusky and its neighboring islands, contributing their special footnote to Civil War history, a footnote which, with many ifs, might have been pages.
This book consists mainly of a series of Johnson's Island articles which appeared in the Sandusky Register beginning in September, 1964, the centennial of the Lake Erie piracy, and continuing into 1965. Diaries and letters written by men who were prisoners on Johnson's Island, or who were members of the Island garrison, have been traced to libraries, historical societies and museums throughout the United States. All of them add color to the accounts of Island life, but all of them vary according to the age, education and tastes of their writers, as well as to the times when they were written. They have to be considered in balance with voluminous official records, and with day-to-day reports in the newspapers. These pages represent an amalgam of all these elements in an attempt to bring to life, as completely and authentically as possible, a few years of local history which had wider implications.
What happened at Johnson's Island a century and more ago affected many families, both North and South. This volume helps to preserve for our time and years to come the backgrounds of stories that have been handed down from men who looked out on Sandusky Bay with thoughts bitterly at variance with its beauty. Sandusky, Ohio ; C. E. F.; November 1965.
Titolo: Rebels on Lake Erie
Casa editrice: Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center
Data di pubblicazione: 1997
Condizione libro: very good
Descrizione libro Ohio Historical Society, Canton, Ohio, 1997. Soft Cover. Condizione libro: Very Good. Reprint. Very clean and attractive book, published for the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidental Center. The book measures 6-1/2 x x 9/4" with 157 pages, plus large black and white phtoograhs at back of book. There are no names or writing, no spine crease and a crisp clean cover. Text covers the Civil War prison located on an island in Lake Erie. Chapters delve into location, staffing, life in prison, health issues, rumors of raids, escapes, executions, the last days of the prison, the Lake Erie conspiracy, and what happened toJohn Yeats Beall and Bennet G. Burley. Codice libro della libreria 23565
Descrizione libro Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center. Paperback. Condizione libro: POOR. Noticeably used, showing heavy wear to cover and pages. Might have notes, underlining and or highlighting. Accessories such as CD, codes, and dust jackets may not be included. Codice libro della libreria 2591950325
Descrizione libro Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center , [Fremont, OH], 1997. Small 4to. Stiff grey wrappers. v, 157pp. Map, illustrations. Fine. First paperback edition of the Union prisoner of war camp located at Sandusky Bay, Ohio. First published by the Ohio Historical Society in 1965. Tight, pristine copy. Codice libro della libreria 33713
Descrizione libro Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center, 1997. Paperback. Condizione libro: Brand New. 178 pages. 9.70x6.50x0.50 inches. In Stock. Codice libro della libreria 0967839629
Descrizione libro Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center, 1997. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. book. Codice libro della libreria 0967839629
Descrizione libro Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center 1997-06-01, 1997. Paperback. Condizione libro: good. 0967839629. Codice libro della libreria 596377
Descrizione libro Paperback Jun 01, 1997. Condizione libro: Used: Good. Hardcover. Bound in grey cloth. Ohio Historical Society, 1965. Prior owner's brief gift inscription to front free endpaper. No other marks; not ex-library. Hinge is sprung at copyright page. Otherwise Very Good. Codice libro della libreria 0208J579079
Descrizione libro Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center, 1997. Paperback. Condizione libro: Used: Good. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. May not contain Access Codes or Supplements. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!. Codice libro della libreria 0967839629