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A Perfect Picture of Hell: Eyewitness Accounts by Civil War Prisoners from the 12th Iowa
edited by Ted Genoways and Hugh H Genoways
University of Iowa Press, 2001
eISBN: 978-1-58729-327-6 | Cloth: 978-0-87745-758-9 | Paper: 978-0-87745-759-6
Library of Congress Classification E507.5 12th.P47 2001
Dewey Decimal Classification 973.7477

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ABOUT THIS BOOK

From the shooting of an unarmed prisoner at Montgomery, Alabama, to a successful escape from Belle Isle, from the swelling floodwaters overtaking Cahaba Prison to the inferno that finally engulfed Andersonville, A Perfect Picture of Hell is a collection of harrowing narratives by soldiers from the 12th Iowa Infantry who survived imprisonment in the South during the Civil War.


Editors Ted Genoways and Hugh Genoways have collected the soldiers' startling accounts from diaries, letters, speeches, newspaper articles, and remembrances. Arranged chronologically, the eyewitness descriptions of the battles of Shiloh, Corinth, Jackson, and Tupelo, together with accompanying accounts of nearly every famous Confederate prison, create a shared vision



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