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This rare and one-of-a-kind photograph shows five Union soldiers, including one soldier of the Colored Troops, who were recently liberated from their imprisonments at Andersonville. As stated by the inscription beneath the image, these men appear precisely as they were upon their arrival at Jacksonville, Florida from the prison. Their ragged clothes and thinned stature only begin to tell of the brutal hardships they recently experienced. After twenty year-old Robert H. Kellogg (not pictured here) had been captured at the Battle of Plymouth, he was sent to Andersonville. He later recalled, aAs we entered the place, a spectacle met our eyes that almost froze our blood with horror... before us were forms that had once been active and erectastalwart men, now nothing but mere walking skeletons, covered with filth and vermin... Many of our men exclaimed with earnestness, aCan this be hell?aa Both Union and Confederate prisons started off relatively well in terms of sanitation and rations, but this severely declined as the war progressed. Every surface became disease-ridden as the men lived in the most horrible squalor. Thousands died of thirst, starvation, and disease. Some Union survivors were photographed and those pictured above are some of the best looking. Others were merely dead-eyed, breathing skeletons. At Elmira (aHellmiraa) in New York, 25% of the imprisoned Confederate population would not survive. At Andersonville in Georgia, 13,000 out of the 45,000 interned there would die. Throughout the Civil War, 400,000 Union and Confederate soldiers would be held as prisoners for some duration. 56,000 of them would die. This is more than the American fatalities of the First World War, Korean War, and Vietnam War.
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