CWT Presents Derek Maxfield - Hellmira: The Union’s Most Infamous Civil War Prison Camp—Elmira, NY

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CivilWarTalk Presents:
Derek Maxfield
on his book
Hellmira: The Union’s Most Infamous Civil War Prison Camp—Elmira, NY
Wednesday, February 10, 2021, at 8:30pm EST


In A Live Video Presentation

Long called by some the “Andersonville of the North,” the prisoner of war camp in Elmira, New York, is remembered as the most notorious of all Union-run POW camps. It existed for only a year—from the summer of 1864 to July 1865—but in that time, and for long after, it became darkly emblematic of man’s inhumanity to man. Confederate prisoners called it “Hellmira.”

Hellmira: The Union’s Most Infamous Civil War Prison Camp—Elmira, NY, published by Savas Beatie last year, is part of the Emerging Civil War series. In this book, Maxfield contextualizes the rise of prison camps during the Civil War, explores the failed exchange of prisoners, and tells the tale of the creation and evolution of the prison camp in Elmira. In the end, he suggests that it is time to move on from the blame game and see prisoner of war camps—North and South—as a great humanitarian failure.

Author, Derek Maxfield, is an associate professor of history at Genesee Community College in Batavia, New York. He holds a BA in History from SUNY Cortland, an MA in History from Villanova University, and was a PhD candidate at the University of Buffalo, where he is ABD. In 2013, Maxfield was awarded the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities and, more recently, was awarded the 2019 SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.

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Me too @Gary Morgan I hope we will have a big crowd. Mr. Maxfield's book was just published last year and is part of Savas Beatie's Emerging Civil War series.
 
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I'm also curious what he'll make our our survey that seems to show that men who survived POW camps tended to live for either just a short time afterwards or much longer than average, and if he knows what the pattern is like at Elmira. (I don't expect him to; most folks tend to look at the men as prisoners with just a cursory glance at what happens to them afterwards).
 
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Gonna have my jammies on with a cold Gin & Tonic in hand to fight the cold winter* chills waiting to watch this beauty!
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David
*45 degrees
Lol; I thought I was the only one to attend with a sweater pulled over my nightie so that no one could tell I was really attending in my jammies!

Gary
23 degrees; should be about 16 tomorrow night.
 

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It's not too late! REGISTER now and join us tomorrow night at 8:30 pm EST. Our guest will be Derek Maxfield, author of Hellmira: The Union’s Most Infamous Civil War Prison Camp—Elmira, NY, published by Savas Beatie in 2020.
 

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Last call. REGISTER now and join us at 8:30 pm EST - about an hour.

Our guest will be Derek Maxfield, author of Hellmira: The Union’s Most Infamous Civil War Prison Camp—Elmira, NY, published by Savas Beatie in 2020.
 
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