Different Kinds of Misery

An update from Jennifer M., doctoral candidate studying prison reform: Andersonville, Georgia Standing in a muggy, buggy Georgia field, we tried to imagine Andersonville Prison as it was during the Civil War. Established as a Confederate prison to house Union soldiers, it was originally intended for 8,000–10,000 men.  At its most heavily populated in the summer of 1864, it held 33,000 men. Of the 45,000 who passed through Andersonville, 13,000 died, mostly of diarrhea, scurvy, and dysentery.  The prison closed in May 1865, but in its barely 18-month existence, it earned the reputation of “the most notorious of Confederate atrocities inflicted on Union troops.” The National Parks Service now manages this historic site, and there is a museum at Andersonville [...]