Robert B. Ackerburg correspondence  1945-1946 (bulk 1946)
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Box   5.2 Schoff Civil War Diaries & Journals  
Amos E. Stearns memoir,  1864 May 16-1865 March 25 [series]:
Page   Frontis.  
Photograph of Amos E. Stearns
Page   1  
Capture at Battle of Drewry's Bluff, Va. (May 16, 1864)
Page   3  
Journey to Richmond; Rebel guard takes his tin cup of coffee
Page   4  
Passing the carnage on the battlefield
Page   5  
Rebel guards mistreat Penobscot Indian prisoner
Page   7  
Meets other prisoners from 25th Massachusetts at Ft. Darling; taking a gunboat to Richmond in very hot conditions
Page   8  
Description of officer commanding the gunboat
Page   9  
Crowds in Richmond to see Yankee prisoners; one of the Rebel guards from Massachusetts
Page   10  
Learning the rules in Libby Prison; getting medical attention for a friend shot by guard
Page   13-14  
Searching new prisoners; hiding money and valuables from the Rebel guards
Page   15  
Noted Union deserter and Rebel soldier Dick Turner; rations at Libby Prison
Page   19  
Journey to Andersonville Prison
Page   21  
Meeting wounded Rebel soldiers; women and children selling food to Yankee prisoners
Page   23  
Holding pen for prisoners in Augusta, Ga.
Page   24  
Pumping water by hose into the pen
Page   25  
Talking to Rebel civilians; their impressions of Union General Benjamin Butler (1818-1893)
Page   27  
Arrival at Andersonville Prison; first encounter with Henry Wirz, commandant of Andersonville; Yankee drummer boys put on "parole of honor"
Page   28  
First glimpse of prisoners in Andersonville: they look like "brown beavers"
Page   29  
Meets friend from Co. D, Preston A. Champney
Page   30  
Makes mud hut with Charles L. Rice and Joseph C. Plumb but rain destroys, so they look for shelter with others
Page   31  
Sleeping without shelter
Page   32  
Need blanket to get accepted into existing shelters
Page   33  
Moves into Campney's shelter; description of the shelter
Page   34  
Dispensing rations: squad system; some prisoners get cooked rations, some get raw
Page   36  
Description of mush and other rations
Page   40  
Ration trading and trading for tobacco
Page   41  
Rebels occasionally cut off rations; "raiders" and stealing among prisoners
Page   43  
Prisoner police force and court to deal with raiders
Page   45  
Wirz's punishment of raiders
Page   46  
Trial and hanging of prisoners found guilty of murder; General William T. Sherman (1820-1891) reported to have approved of action
Page   50  
Overcrowding means no room to walk when prisoners lay down to sleep at night
Page   52  
Shortage of wood; death of Champney
Page   53  
His wood-selling business
Page   55  
"Exchange on the brain" is one of the most common diseases at Andersonville; disappointed hopes for exchange cause many to die
Page   58  
Heavy rain causes flooding in stockade
Page   61  
Freshwater spring appears in stockade
Page   62  
Trading rations; selling biscuit and sweet potato soup
Page   64  
Lice; prisoners who give up hope and will their deaths
Page   65  
Prisoners moved to Charleston, S.C.
Page   67  
Prisoners kept at fairgrounds outside Charleston
Page   68  
Prisoners moved to Florence, S.C.
Page   72  
Description of stockade at Florence
Page   74  
Smuggling beans into prison in hollow sticks of firewood
Page   76  
Death of a friend
Page   78  
Trading with Rebel guards for buttons; tricking the guards
Page   81  
Paroled at Wilmington, N.C.
Page   82  
Paid for time in prison (after enlistment term had expired)