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Andersonville by John McElroyJohn McElroy (1846-1929) was an American printer, soldier, journalist and author, best known for writing the novel The Red Acorn (1885) and the four-volume Andersonville: A Story of Rebel Military Prisons (1879), based upon his lengthy confinement in the Confederate Andersonville prison camp during the American Civil War. It quickly became a bestseller and remained popular for the next twenty years. In 1864, he was among dozens of men captured in a skirmish near Jonesville, Virginia, by Confederate cavalrymen under William E. Jones. McElroy was sent to a variety of camps before being assigned to Andersonville prison, where he remained for the rest of the war. After the war ended, McElroy was released from captivity and transported back to the North. He settled in Chicago and resumed the printers trade. He became a local reporter and newspaperman before moving to Toledo, Ohio, to become an editor of the Toledo Blade. In 1908, McElroy wrote The Economic Functions of Vice. The following year, he published Struggle for Missouri, a history of the bitter division over slavery that split the states loyalties and led to armed conflict within its borders.
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Getty Images Andersonville prison. Camp Sumter, later known as the Andersonville prison , was that solution. Built to be roughly 1, feet long and feet wide, the camp was expected to accommodate about 10, men and had been outfitted with the bare minimum of accommodations to do so. Within a year though, the camp was home to four times that amount, and the conditions had thus declined rapidly. Not only was the camp struggling for resources like clothing and space, but the prisoners were at risk of death from disease, starvation, and exposure.
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It was built in after Confederate leaders decided to move the many Union prisoners in Richmond, Virginia, to a location away from the war. A site was needed where the prisoners could be guarded by fewer men, there would be less chance of military raids to free them, and food would be more abundant. The town of Andersonville was located on a railroad line approximately 65 miles southwest of Macon, Georgia. The village, near a small stream and in a remote agricultural area, seemed ideal. Pine logs, 20 feet in length, were placed five feet deep in the ground to create a wooden stockade.