Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Diary of 1st Sergeant John L. Ransom: June 12, 1864

Rained every day so far this month. A portion of the camp is a mud hole, and the men are obliged to lay down in it. Fort Pillow prisoners tell some hard stories against the Confederacy at the treatment they received after their capture. They came here nearly starved to death, and a good many were wounded after their surrender. They are mostly Tennesseeans, and a “right smart sorry set.” Battese has taken quite a fatherly interest in me. Keeps right on at the head of the washing and hair cutting business, paying no attention to anything outside of his work, says: “We get out all right!”

SOURCE: John L. Ransom, Andersonville Diary, p. 66

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