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By Ed Glennan

It is a documentary paintings providing a first-person account of a Union soldier's day-by-day adversity whereas a prisoner of struggle from 20 September 1863 to four June 1865. In 1891, whereas a sufferer on the Leavenworth nationwide domestic, Irish immigrant Edward Glennan started to write down his studies in brilliant element, describing the months of malnutrition, publicity, sickness and self-doubt. the 1st six months Glennan was once incarcerated at Libby and Danville prisons in Virginia. On 20 March 1864, Glennan entered Camp Sumter, positioned close to Andersonville, Georgia. He reminisced in regards to the occasions of his eight-month captivity at Andersonville, similar to the striking of the Raider Six, get away tunnels, playing, buying and selling, ration wagons, and illness. with scurvy, Glennan approximately misplaced his skill to stroll. to extend his possibilities for survival, he skillfully befriended different prisoners, sharing assets obtained via exchange, robbery and trickery. His acquaintances left him both by means of parole or loss of life. On 14 November 1864, Glennan used to be transported from Andersonville to Camp Parole in Maryland; there he remained till his discharge on four June 1865.

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Approximately midday, we Knew we have been within the area of our Fleet of Transports For the Guards now informed us have been going close to castle Pulaski,14 the place our transports have been ready to obtain us & we have been gazing keen Ankious to back get a view of the celebs & Stripes, the logo of our excellent nation, the Starry Banner, For which we Had Suffered loss of life each Hour, on a daily basis, a week, each month For Fourteen lengthy Weary Months & i would with fact say, sure, each Minute of that weary time Had we Suffered dying & any such dying. God on my own & those that persevered that existence recognize & you, my pal, could have a few thought of what that existence was once from my Feeble Description of it, yet Mercifull God, glance, see. what's it? what's that there Floating—up—up—in the Sky, up, up above & over the Fog Flying Boldly, Bravely out from a slim Pole. it's all we will see, it appears as if that Pole is caught within the financial institution of Fog & that Flag is swinging from it. glance, what's it? What does it suggest, nice & Mercifull Father in Heaven? Is it attainable? Can or not it's attainable that that's our Flag, that I back dwell to work out it. No, it can't be attainable, My Eyes mislead me & i'm going to by no means see that Flag I Carried in conflict. That Flag I Suffered & Shed my Blood for, no, i used to be Deceived. it truly is long past. My mind needs to be Wandering, i have to be Dreaming but when so, I see others taking a look Wild Excited, their Hearts Panting, their bad susceptible uncovered & Skinney chests Heaving & Eyes Wildly strained up above the Fog lookin to Heaven for back one Sight of that starry brand of our Deliverance. provide us, oh God, yet one more view, another sight of it & then take us, allow us to Die whether it is thy will in Sight of it that we will be able to prior to we Die Say we've got appear The Flag of our kingdom once again. There glance, a few one Hoarsely cries, glance Boys! glance there it really is back & we glance, certain, we're now closer & see it Plainer. We see extra of the Flag employees & realize it Floates from an ocean—ste[a]mer & are happy it truly is actual & no Dream & with a Sole of pleasure & a Lump in My Throat, I regarded too Dumb with pleasure to provide a cheer or communicate a be aware. I Felt Like I Beleive a misplaced soul may if popping out of where of Darkness in to Heavenly gentle, such my acquaintances used to be my very own emotions as I first observed the celebrities & Stripes & approximately midday of Sunday, the 20 th of November 1864 & Such I Beli[e]ve was once concerning the Feeling of we all. We have been too packed with pleasure to offer a unmarried Cheer. shall we now not Even communicate to one another & if there has been a dry Eye in that mass of Bones & Dried Smoked pores and skin i don't comprehend it. i didn't see it for we might watch that Flag as we Drew close to, Brush the tears away & glance back, untill we acquired close to sufficient to work out the Hull of the steamer then the relocating Sailors in Blue Flannell & our Boat Anchored inside of approximately 15 or 20 rods of that Steamer urban of York or New York15 I put out of your mind which. quickly a small Boat positioned of[f] From our Boat to this vessell with the celebrities & Stripes. The Fog could sometimes Settle & imprecise the physique of the Boat yet shall we regularly see the Flag & wer[e] Contented.

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