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    Posted 4 years ago

    scottvez
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    Civil War enlistment carte de visite of Justus P. Griffin.

    Griffin is shown at age 20 in August of 1862, when he enlisted into the 16th Connecticut Infantry. He was photographed by Moore of Hartford, CT.

    Less than a month after his enlistment, Griffin and his regiment fought at Antietam and paid a terrible price-- 45 KIA and 159 WIA.

    The Regiment fought several smaller engagements over the next 18 months.

    At Plymouth, NC in April of 1864, Griffin and the balance of the Regiment were captured.

    Griffin was sent to the infamous Andersonville prison and experienced the overcrowding of the prison leading to horrendous living conditions and death for so many.

    When Griffin arrived the prison was at or near capacity of 10,000 prisoners. Over the summer of 1864, the prison population swelled to over 30,000 leading to food shortages, disease and death. 13,000 Union prisoners died at Andersonville.

    Griffin was lucky and received a parole in FEB 1865.

    Post- War, Henry Wirz, the commander of the prison was tried for murder and conspiracy in the deaths of Union prisoners under his control. He was found guilty and executed.

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    1. scottvez scottvez, 4 years ago
      Thanks for looking fran and official!

      scott
    2. scottvez scottvez, 4 years ago
      Thanks vetraio and beyemvey!

      scott
    3. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 4 years ago
      The northern POW camp, Douglasville, near Chicago, had a higher mortality rate than Andersonville.
    4. jscott0363 jscott0363, 4 years ago
      What a HORRIBLE experience this gentleman must have had!!
    5. scottvez scottvez, 4 years ago
      Not accurate buss. For ONE MONTH Camp Douglas had a higher mortality rate, but overall the rate was significantly lower (numbers are rounded):

      Douglas: 26,000 prisoners; 5,000 deaths
      Andersonville: 45,000 prisoners; 13,00 deaths

      Something else of note-- Camp Douglas operated for over 2 1/2 years, while Andersonville was only operating for 14 months.

      scott
    6. scottvez scottvez, 4 years ago
      Yes jscott-- Griffin experienced all of the horrors of Andersonville. He was lucky to survive.

      scott
    7. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 4 years ago
      Starvation was probably the major cause of deaths in Andersonville. The Yanks scalped the land of food & cut off medical supplies. Grant knew exactly what was happening there.
    8. scottvez scottvez, 4 years ago
      Thanks for looking gruff and apache!

      scott
    9. scottvez scottvez, 4 years ago
      Thanks much rick and vo!

      scott
    10. scottvez scottvez, 4 years ago
      Thanks roy, scott and bobby.

      scott
    11. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 4 years ago
      Seems that the historical reason for all these prisoner deaths is being ignored. Grant stopped the prisoner exchange & honour paroles, therefore filling POW prison camps on both sides. He was rewarded for the miserable death of those men by being made President.
    12. valentino97 valentino97, 4 years ago
      And...look what took place today. Politics aside, this is a great photo of a survivor.
    13. scottvez scottvez, 4 years ago
      Thanks valentine...

      scott
    14. scottvez scottvez, 4 years ago
      Thanks longings.

      scott
    15. scottvez scottvez, 4 years ago
      Thanks much greeley and werner.

      scott
    16. scottvez scottvez, 4 years ago
      Thanks for looking leighann.

      scott

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