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    Civil War Prison Camps and Prisoners of War

    Eric Leonard talked about the rise of prison camps during the Civil War and the harsh life soldiers endured as prisoners of war. Mr. Leonard described how the prison camps were created and maintained, and he gave firsthand accounts of the horrors inside the prisons. 

    This talk was a presentation of the 2014 summer conference of the Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College, “The Civil War in 1864.”

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    War Crimes Trial of Henry Wirz

    Paul Finkelman talked about the military trial of Henry Wirz, the Confederate commander of Andersonville Prison, where approximately 13,000 Union prisoners died. The concept of war crimes was established as a result of his trial.

    This talk was a portion of the 2014 Civil War Symposium hosted by the U.S. Capitol Historical Society.

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