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Camp Chase and the Evolution of Union Prison Policy
by Roger Pickenpaugh
University of Alabama Press, 2007
Paper: 978-0-8173-5921-8 | eISBN: 978-0-8173-8035-9 | Cloth: 978-0-8173-1582-5
Library of Congress Classification E616.C4P53 2007
Dewey Decimal Classification 973.772

Discusses an important yet often misunderstood topic in American history

Camp Chase, located four miles west of Columbus, Ohio, started, as did so many other prisons, as a training camp for eager Union recruits. By late 1861 it was also housing Confederate prisoners. It was also used as quarters for Union soldiers who had been taken prisoner by the Confederacy and released on parole or exchanged. During the four years of the war, Camp Chase developed as a prison camp, reflecting the efforts of both civilian and military officials to fashion a coherent prison policy.

Camp Chase and the Evolution of Union Prison Policy is a careful, thorough, and objective examination of the history and administration of the camp and is of true significance in the literature on the Civil War.

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