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On May 16, 1864, confederate troops attacked Union positions at Drewry's Bluff, Virginia. During the battle some 400 Union soldiers, including a general, were captured. James Childs Hitchcock (1841-1864), serving in the 27th Mass. Regiment, also became a prisoner of war. On the day of the battle, his journal entry records his shock at finding himself in Libby Prison in Richmond. A few months later Hitchcock was transferred to Andersonville Prison in Georgia where he died from unknown causes on September 18, 1864. Andersonville Prison was the most awful of American prisons. When news of its condition leaked out to the press after its capture by the Union Army, the disgust toward the Confederates made stronger the thirst for revenge among many Northerners. It remains a stain on the South. L00.039


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Excerpt from James Childs Hitchcock's Civil War Military Journal

author   James Childs Hitchcock (1841-1864)
date   May 16, 1864
location   Virginia
height   5.75"
width   3.0"
process/materials   manuscript, paper, ink
item type   Personal Documents/Diary
accession #   #L00.038

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