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

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

  • Title: Libby Prison Breakout: The Daring Escape from the Notorious Civil War Prison
  • Author: Joseph Wheelan
  • ISBN: 9781586487164
  • Page: 395
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Libby Prison Breakout: The Daring Escape from the Notorious Civil War Prison

    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 North s and South s willingness to use prisoners inWhile 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 North s and South s willingness to use prisoners in waging total war In a converted tobacco warehouse, Libby s 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 captives.

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    1. Robert Melnyk

      Pretty interesting story. I've read quite a bit about the Civil War, but had never heard about Libby Prison. Always interesting to learn something new. It was amazing how these prisoners managed to pull off this escape. The book dealt not only with the escape itself, and how it was accomplished, but also with the horrible treatment of the prisoners while they were at the prison. The thing that always perplexes me when I read about the outrage of prisoner abuse is the fact that they are prisoners [...]

    2. Literary Chic

      In my opinion this was a dark book. That's not a reflection on the author or his writing as the book is well written. The history of the Civil War prisoners is just a hideous one. It's a strong reminder that the inverse to the easily romanticized Lincoln, Grant, Lee biographies is war with all its horrible affects. Five stars because it's well researched and it won't do us any good if we forget how capable we are of evil.

    3. Ann

      I picked up this book at the library having read very little Civil War history. It was hard to believe that our country could have gone through such a horrifying war with such intense differences between North and South and still remained unified. This piece of history is about the prisoners of war taken by the Rebels in the South and placed in an old converted warehouse. It took place at a time in the war when prisoner exchanges (which were formerly common) were suspended.The South was feeling [...]

    4. David Schwinghammer

      LIBBY PRISON BREAKOUT may remind you somewhat of the 2010 political bickering between the two major parties. The North accused the South of deliberately mistreating its prisoners; The Confederated denied it. The North refused to exchange prisoners because the 30,000 soldiers who surrendered at Vicksburg returned to action and because the Rebel prisoners were much more capable of returning to action. Confederates also refused to trade black prisoners and white officers who led them into battle.Pr [...]

    5. Carrie

      Great book about something I knew absolutely nothing about. I am not a huge Civil War buff, but I do enjoy historical non-fiction. And this particular historical non-fiction book reads like fiction. It does start out a little slow with its brief discussion of Richmond's history and details of some of the key Confederate and Union players, but I think without this background, the book would be incomplete. The book starts to pick up steam fairly quickly and then starts to read like a good action/a [...]

    6. Georgiann Baldino

      Libby Prison Breakout: The Daring Escape from the Notorious Civil War PrisonI give Author Joseph Wheelan credit for writing a well-balanced account. He tells a well-written story of a prison breakout but also puts the poor treatment prisoners suffered into perspective. If his other history books are as well balanced, they are worth reading. He tells us how Union prisoners suffered and also how Confederates fared and why prisoner exchanges broke down between North and South. Thanks for this well- [...]

    7. Suzanne

      This graphic account of man's inhumanity to man gives a disturbing look at the American Civil War. Showing that extreme brutality can be found on both sides during a civil war, Wheelan recounts the seemingly impossible story of this occurrence. Throughout the entire tale, the reader is stuck by the tenacity of the people desiring freedom and the equal fervor of those who keep them prisoner. While both sides believed they were fighting a just cause, the reader is awed by the scope and depth of th [...]

    8. Patrick Macke

      i was wandering aimlessly through this book, maybe i was distracted, maybe the book lacked urgency until chapter 6 about Miss Van Lew; she saved lives during the Civil War and she kinda saves this book in a war of so many unsung, everyday heroes, Van Lew's is especially compelling you don't hear much about "Union" sympathizers, let alone Unionists in the Confederate capital her's is a story of unwavering commitment to her ideals and unwavering grit in the constant presence of the enemy

    9. Scott

      Easy read and interesting to learn about this aspect of the Civil War. It is about the escape amazing featdigging 4 tunnels before one worked. two months! The bigger story is that this was the last war of prisoner exchanges, and the beginning of 'total war', where the on-again-off-again prisoner exchange was kept at 'off' by the North to avoid returning healthy captives that would fight for the South again, prolonging the war.

    10. Mark

      Read this book after seeing it in the 'new books' section of the library. Living in Northern VA and having family in Richmond, I thought it would be interesting. The book sort of meandered through various stories about the daily lives and struggles of the Union prisoners at Libby, but didn't tell much of a consistent story. I enjoyed reading about the times, and the larger struggles with prisoners (both sides) during the Civil War, but found this book a little hard to get through.

    11. Fredrick Danysh

      Libby Prison Breakout explores the conditions of prisoners of war on both sides will featuring the the Confederates Libby Prison and addresses an escape attempt from that installation. There are side stories about the war. The work is biased against the Confederates implying that there was an intentional decision to instill poor conditions in Southern facilities.

    12. Kfdowner

      A gift from Karen. Not something I would have picked on my own, but it was very good. Tells the story behind the Libby prison breakout during the civil war. Makes me want to revisit Richmond VA. Amazing how much punishment humans can give and endure.

    13. Tanya

      Interesting - what horrors men must have experienced to drive them to burrow fifty feet through the dark earth This book showed the treatment of POW's as an indicator of the new era of "total war."

    14. Mark Goodwin

      Easy to read and quite interesting. If you are interested in this part of US history, you should not pass on this one.

    15. Erin Miller

      The first half of this book prevented my rating from being higher, because his account of the escape and its prep was riveting

    16. Irene Grysiewicz

      informative, well-researched; epilogue packs a punch! only complaint--could have used more diagrams and maps.

    17. Nancy

      What awful conditions they "lived" under. It's amazing that any of them lived through that. I don't know how they got the energy to dig a tunnel and then get to safety (in winter).

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