Friday, March 31, 2017

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

Working along towards Spring slowly. A dead calm after the raid scare. We much prefer the open air imprisonment to confinement. Have considerable trouble with the thieves which disgrace the name of union soldier. Are the most contemptible rascals in existence. Often walk up to a man and coolly take his food and proceed to eat it before the owner. If the victim resists then a fight is the consequence, and the poor man not only loses his food but gets licked as well.

SOURCE: John L. Ransom, Andersonville Diary, p. 37

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