Libby Prison Breakout

Libby Prison Breakout : The Daring Escape from the Notorious Civil War Prison

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While many books have been inspired by the horrors of Andersonville prison, none have chronicled with any depth or detail the amazing tunnel escape from Libby Prison in Richmond. Now Joseph Wheelan examines what became the most important escape of the Civil War from a Confederate prison, one that ultimately increased the Norths and Souths willingness to use prisoners in waging total war. In a converted tobacco warehouse, Libbys 1,200 Union officers survived on cornbread and bug-infested soup, and slept without blankets on the bare floor. With prisoner exchanges suspended, escape and death were the only ways out. Libby Prison Breakout recounts the largely unknown story of the escape of 109 steel-nerved officers through a 55-foot tunnel, and their flight in winter through the heart of the enemy homeland, amid an all-out Rebel manhunt. The officers later testimony in Washington spurred two far-reaching investigations and a new cycle of retaliation against Rebel more

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  • Hardback | 304 pages
  • 154.94 x 236.22 x 33.02mm | 498.95g
  • PublicAffairs,U.S.
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • b/w photo insert on text
  • 1586487167
  • 9781586487164

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Kirkus Reviews "The harrowing, little-known story of the 109 Union officers who escaped from a Richmond prison in 1864--an episode that deserves a higher place in Civil War lore....A true-adventure story that also documents how prisoner abuse and recriminations spurred the federal commitment to the "total war" that ravaged the South" Library Journal "Civil War buffs especially will want to read about this mass prison break that riveted North and South in the late winter of 1864" Booklist "Buffs will be intrigued by Wheelan's thorough research" Newark Star Ledger "It's not very often that a solid and scholarly history book is a page-turner to rival a John Grisham potboiler... Joseph Wheelan's book is crammed with the kind of detail that has slipped away the last 150 years." Civil War News, June 2010 "Joseph Wheelan has written a winner of a book... No detail is missed, and the pages turn quickly. Perhaps most importantly these men are given identities as Wheelan brings to life the protagonists by craftily resurrecting their lives before the war and what they endured inside the converted tobacco barn. In doing so Wheelan provides pathos, excitement and insight into the yearning of all POWs for freedom."show more

About Joseph Wheelan

Joseph Wheelan, a former Associated Press reporter and editor, is the author of Mr. Adams's Last Crusade, Invading Mexico, Jefferson's War, and Jefferson's Vendetta. He lives in Cary, North more

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