Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 542
8000 Derry Street,
February 16 , 2023 @ 7:30 pm
Topic Will Be
“Hellmira: The Union’s Most Infamous
Civil War Prison Camp - Elmira, NY”
Long called by some the “Andersonville of the North”, the prisoner of war camp in Elmira, New York, is remembered as the most notorious of all Union-run POW camps. It existed for only a year - from the summer of 1864 to July 1865 - but in that time, and for long after, it became darkly emblematic of man’s inhumanity to man.
Confederate prisoners called it “Hellmira”
In Hellmira: The Union’s Most Infamous Civil War Prison Camp - Elmira, NY, Derek Maxfield contextualizes the rise of prison camps during the Civil War, explores the failed exchange of prisoners, and tells the tale of the creation and evolution of the prison camp in Elmira. In the end, Maxfield suggests that it is time to move on from the blame game and see prisoner of war camps - North and South - as a great humanitarian failure.
Meeting ID: 822 3488 7393
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