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Author Foote, Lorien, 1969- author

Title The Yankee plague : escaped Union prisoners and the collapse of the Confederacy / Lorien Foote
Published Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, [2016]
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Description 1 online resource (pages cm.)
Series Civil War America
Civil War America (Series)
Contents Introduction: the plague -- Escape -- The world in black and white: the collapse of slavery -- They cover the land like the locusts of Egypt: the collapse of the state -- Guardian angels: the collapse of the home front -- God's country: the collapse of borders -- A futile attempt at imprisonment: the collapse of military defense -- Epilogue: terrible times in the past
Summary "During the winter of 1864, more than 3,000 Federal prisoners of war escaped from Confederate prison camps into upstate South Carolina and North Carolina, often with the aid of the local enslaved population, creating, in the words of contemporary observers, a "Yankee plague." In this fascinating look at Union soliders' flight for freedom in the last months of the Civil War, Lorien Foote reveals new connections between the collapse of the Confederate prison system, the large-scale escape of Union soldiers, and the full unraveling of the Confederate States of America"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Description based on print version record
Subject United States. Army -- Officers -- History -- 19th century.
Escaped prisoners of war -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
Prisoners of war -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
North Carolina -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865.
South Carolina -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865.
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Prisoners and prisons.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1469630575 (electronic bk.)
9781469630571 (electronic bk.)