Book Discussion on Libby Prison Breakout
Joseph Wheeelan talked about his book Libby Prison Breakout: The Daring Escape from the Notorious Civil War Prison (PublicAffairs, 2010).… read more
Joseph Wheeelan talked about his book Libby Prison Breakout: The Daring Escape from the Notorious Civil War Prison (PublicAffairs, 2010). In his book he recalls the escape of 109 Union prisoners from the Confederate Libby Prison in Richmond, Virginia, on February 9, 1864. The prison, which held 1,200 Union officers at the time of the escape, was known as “The Bastille of the South” and according to the author ill-suited to hold and serve prisoners in a humanitarian fashion. Mr. Wheelan reports on the few escapees that made it North and how the testimony of their poor treatment led to Northern mistreatment of Confederate prisoners. Joseph Wheelan discussed his book at Quail Ridge Books & Music in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Joseph Wheelan worked as an editor and reporter for the Associated Press and the Casper Star-Tribune for twenty-six years. He is the author of several books, including Mr. Adam’s Last Crusade and Jefferson’s War. close
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