Brev. Brig. Gen'l
- Feb 14, 2012
- Central Pennsylvania
Union map maker soldier of the 40th New York regiment Robert Knox Sneden was imprisoned at Andersonville. A landscape painter, Sneden survived typhoid in Libby before being transferred to the ' new ' prison. Somehow making painted and drawn maps while at Andersonville, he smuggled these and others through more prisons until exchanged.
Disclaimer will go unheeded because the topic of Andersonville Prison is for some bizarre reason contentious. Prisons were barbaric across the board, Camp Sumter a valuable example of what happens when we think we get to decide who is human enough to deserve hanging around. Oh we have other examples scattered through History.
Andersonville's condensed horror can indeed be understood when presented with Clara Barton's work- numbers can fail to sink in. It's all those names. One page alone is almost entirely the surname ' Kelly '. Like a phone book.
Thirteen men named ' Kelly/Kelley ' perished in August, 1864- 2 on one day. This is one page and single surname out of a prison population. No one chose the Kellys to pick on. A small phone book alone had to die, if 13 were randomly ' Kelly '.
These men are marked in the official roster on page 161. Ancestry's list calls this page 885. Out of 2,252.
Please, can we not devolve into " What abouts " and Wirz. Feel free to start a thread, this is about stopping for long enough to allow that to sink in, what we did to each other. Can't do that over all yelling and dead men can't testify.