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Emaciated Union Soldier Liberated from Andersonville Prison

J. W. Jones (American, active Orange, Massachusetts, 1860s)

Date:
1865
Medium:
Albumen silver print from glass negative
Dimensions:
Image: 9 x 5.5 cm (3 9/16 x 2 3/16 in.)
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
Brian D. Caplan Collection
  • Description

    Most soldiers who survived Andersonville Prison were marked for life. This portrait of an unidentified former prisoner is one of many that document the intense cruelty of prison life during the Civil War. It would be another eighty years, at the end of World War II, before anyone would see comparable pictures of man’s inhumanity to man.

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