Chapter

Introduction

David R. Bush

in I Fear I Shall Never Leave This Island

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780813037448
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780813042305 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813037448.003.0001
Introduction

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This chapter sets the stage for exploring prisoner-of-war (POW) treatment through historic and archaeological data. A rationale is provided for selecting the letters written between Wesley and Kate Makely that operate as the thread from which a greater understanding of the POW experience is gleaned. Decades of research into the Johnson's Island Civil War Prison site have led to the realization that personal accounts, studied in the broader context of prison life, may be the best means of truly comprehending all the implications of POWs.

Keywords: exchange; institutionalization; prisoners of war; historical context

Chapter.  2098 words. 

Subjects: Military History

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