Author ORCID Identifier

orcid.org/0000-0002-9574-4779

Defense Date

2017

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts

Department

History

First Advisor

Dr. Kathryn S. Meier

Second Advisor

Dr. Ryan K. Smith

Third Advisor

Dr. John M. Coski

Abstract

The study of Civil War prisons is relatively new within the broader study of the Civil War. What little study there is tends to focus on bigger prison camps. It has been established in the historiography that prisoners suffered across the divided nation, but it has not been ascertained how the decisions and policies of the government, as well as the role of the press in those decisions, effected the daily lives of Civil War prisoners. Belle Isle, a Confederate Prison, and Point Lookout, a Union prison, will be analyzed for key differences to provide a fuller picture of life inside a Civil War prison camp, as well as how the press and government affected that daily life. It was discovered that the role of the government and the press was heavily influential in the lives of Civil War prisoners, leading to much suffering.

Rights

© The Author

Is Part Of

VCU University Archives

Is Part Of

VCU Theses and Dissertations

Date of Submission

4-20-2017

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