Prisoner of War Camps

By: Y. A. A. J. A


Prisoners were soldiers that were captured by the other sides soldiers, to use for bait. Prisoners held captive in these camps, faced malnutrition, poor sanitation, unsanitary environment, cramped living spaces, outbreaks of deadly diseases, depression, unkind acts of harm, lack of other important life necessities, weakened immune systems, and an increasing amount of deaths. The prisoners were hated by their capturers, especially those who were cruel to normal civilians.

A Different Side...A Different Story

Out of all the prisoner of war camps to have ever existed, this was the grand total of numbers of prisoners to have ever inhabited a cell at one of these camps:


-194,000 soldiers were captured

-30,000 of them died.


-214,000 soldiers were captured

-26,000 of them died.

The Worse of the Worst:


Elmira Prison- Located in New York, known as the worst prisoner camp in the South, where captive union soldiers, which lasted (1861-1865).


Salisbury Prison- Located in North Carolina , built in July 1861. Held captive over 10,000 union soldiers in favor of the Confederate.

Andersonville Prison- The biggest Prisoner of War Camp ever, built in 1864 located in Andersonville, Georgia-being the most populated, the harsh conditions were even more extreme. More aggressive death rates and a higher chance of not making it out unharmed,

Worse Than A Battle:

During the Civil War, many battles were fought with many different outcomes. Through all of these bloody battles, some of them were outfought by the prisoner of war camps in regards of harsh conditions they had to face. Starvation, lack of sanitation overran the minor injuries in outbursts of some battles in perspective of a person's needs.


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