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 Posted: Wed Nov 19th, 2008 08:48 pm
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The men aboard the Sultana had not been mustered out and were still active duty soldiers when the explosion occured. I had the pleasure of hearing Ed Bearss give a talk on the incident.

One of the Federal officers sent to the City Jail in Charleston was Major General George Stoneman. The chaplain of the 2nd Massachusetts Cavalry, Charles A. Humphreys, was among 300 hundred held in the jail under the fire of Union guns, along with his Major, William H. Forbes, the first president of AT&T. Chaplain Humphreys gives a stirring account of his imprisonment in his memoir In Field, Camp, Hospital and Prison in the Civil War 1863-1865.

Portal to Hell:Military Prisons of the Civil War by Lonnie Speer has a good account of both sides of the Immortal 600. Lt. William Glazier of the 26th NY Cavalry wrote of the Charleston jail, "The prisoners constantly wear a forlorn and haggard look owing in great measure to starvation and exposure to danger...Constantly under fire by day and night...many have become hopelessly insane while others have been incapacitated for all the duties of life hereafter.

Tom

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