Friday, February 17, 2017

Diary of 1st Sergeant John L. Ransom: January 4, 1864

Some ladies visited the island to see us blue coats, and laughed very much at our condition; thought it so comical and ludicrous the way the prisoners crowded the bank next the cook house, looking over at the piles of bread, and compared us to wild men, and hungry dogs. A chicken belonging to the lieutenant flew up on the bank and was snatched off in short order, and to pay for it we are not to receive a mouthful of food today, making five or six thousand suffer for one man catching a little chicken.

SOURCE: John L. Ransom, Andersonville Diary, p. 23-4

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