Fort Fisher to Elmira: The Fatal Journey of 518 Confederate Prisoners

Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Fort Fisher to Elmira: Major not in the number of casualties produced, but because the battle significantly shortened the length of the war. Mighty Fort Fisher guarded the Cape Fear River which was the only approach to the last major seaport open in the Confederacy. Daring blockade runners brought their precious cargoes through the Federal blockade into the port of Wilmington.

These supplies were then shipped north by rail to General Robert E. Lee's army in Virginia.

Fort Fisher to Elmira: The Fatal Journey of Confederate Prisoners by Richard Triebe

Federal General Ulysses S. Grant realized he could bring the war to an early conclusion by closing this vital harbor. To seal off Wilmington from the outside world, he had to capture Fort Fisher first. This was no easy task since Fort Fisher was the largest earthen fortification in the Confederacy and was armed with 44 heavy seacoast artillery pieces. In December , and again in January , the United States Army and Navy launched a campaign to close this seaport and end blockade running forever.

Triebe's book not only describes these dramatic battles in detail, but goes beyond other historical accounts by following the Fort Fisher prisoners to Elmira Prisoner of War Camp. Triebe researched each prisoner's record at the National Archives and discovered an astounding 46 percent of these men died from disease within five months.

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Join the author as he explores the causes that led to such a high death rate and find out who were the men responsible for creating such an unhealthy prison environment. Also included are prisoner's statements, statistics regarding the Fort Fisher prisoners and a complete roster of the soldiers captured that were sent to Elmira Prisoner of War Camp. A Confederate soldier's touching letter written to his wife in January caused historian Richard H.

Triebe to launch an investigation into what became of the soldiers captured at Fort Fisher. Triebe's research provided the answers he sought, but also uncovered an even greater mystery. Obviously something was horribly wrong at the prison camp, but what was it?

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Join the author as he explores the causes that led to such a high death rate and find out who was responsible for creating such an unhealthy prison environment. Paperback , pages. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Fort Fisher to Elmira , please sign up. While Thomas was away at war, back home in Ansonville he left behind a wife and five children. Thomas was married to Celie Williams, also from Ansonville.

One of the places that Union soldiers searched as they looked for food and other items was the home of Thomas and Celie.

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After the war, Celie would tell this story how she outfoxed the Yankees. Celie died at the age of 93 on October 2, , and she is buried in the Sandy Plains Methodist Cemetery, near Morven. Tom Fagart lives in Concord. Previous Former Wadesboro fire chief remembered. Courtesy photo This headstone marks the grave of Thomas Hildreth, an Ansoville native who was captured after the fall of Fort Fisher during the Civil War and died before leaving the prison camp in Elmira, New York.

Next Tracking downJohn W. There were two arrivals of Fort Fisher men in Elmira. The first arrival was on 30 January and consisted of men and the second arrival was on 1 February and consisted of men, for a total of 1, Steam frigate Colorado from Fort Fisher has arrived.

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Triebe, there were 1, Confederate soldiers sent to Elmira from Fort Fisher. The major cause of death at Elmira was pneumonia, diarrhea, and small pox. We were kept standing in ranks in the street for half an hour before starting for the prison. Hildreth of Ansonville, Anson County, NC were both in the same company and arrived in Elmira in the first shipment of prisoners. Union Army inspecting officer Lt. In February there was an exchange of prisoners and the most sick in the Elmira Prison were sent to the James River in Virginia for exchange.

South Carolina had men captured at Fort Fisher. A number of sick South Carolina Fort Fisher men were paroled and exchanged and would also die either during transit to the James River or very soon after arriving in Confederate hospitals. William Brown, died of diarrhea, buried in grave and Pvt.

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James Drew, died of pneumonia, buried in grave , Pvt.