A Northern Confederate at Johnson’s Island Prison
The Civil War Diaries of James Parks Caldwell
About the Book
A college graduate at 16 and a founder of the Sigma Chi fraternity, Caldwell entered the Confederate Army as an artillery lieutenant. He fought at Shiloh, Port Hudson and other campaigns before being captured in 1863 and imprisoned on Johnson’s Island, in Lake Erie, near Sandusky, Ohio. He kept a daily diary for 18 months, describing the prison food and conditions, as well as his classical and intellectual interests. The book features letters, a poem, notes, and an index.
About the Author(s)
James Parks Caldwell
Edited by George H. Jones
Introduction by James D. Hardy, Jr.
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: 15 photos, appendix, notes, index
Copyright Date: 2010
Table of Contents
Preface and Acknowledgments 1
Introduction (by James D. Hardy, Jr.) 3
Caldwell’s Life 7
Caldwell the Classicist (by Kenneth Kitchell) 49
“In Durance Vile” 68
The Diaries 71
Appendix: Letters, Poems and Essays 203
Bibliographic Essay 261
Book Reviews & Awards
“extensive research helps provide readers with an excellent perspective on one of the Union prisons…a very good reference”—Civil War News.