Thursday, June 15, 2017

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

Good weather. Gen. Howell Cobb and staff came among us to-day, and inspected the prison Wirtz accompanied them pointing out and explaining matters. Gen. Winder, who has charge of all the prisoners of war in the South, is here, but has not been inside. Gen. Cobb is a very large and pompous looking man. None of the men dare address his highness. Three men out of every hundred allowed to go out after wood under a strong guard.

SOURCE: John L. Ransom, Andersonville Diary, p. 54

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