Thursday, April 13, 2017

Diary of 1st Sergeant John L. Ransom: March 17, 1864

Get almost enough to eat, such as it is, but don't get it regularly; sometimes in the morning, and sometimes in the afternoon. Six hundred more prisoners came last night, and from Belle Isle Va., our old home. Andersonville is situated on two hillsides, with a small stream of swampy water running through the center, and on both sides of the stream is a piece of swamp with two or three acres in it We have plenty of wood now, but it will not last long. They will undoubtedly furnish us with wood from the outside, when it is burned up on the inside. A very unhealthy climate. A good many are being poisoned by poisonous roots, and there is a thick green scum on the water All who drink freely are made sick, and their faces swell up so they cannot see.

SOURCE: John L. Ransom, Andersonville Diary, p. 42

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