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Yankee Plague: Escaped Union Prisoners and the Collapse of the Confederacy

Lorien Foote


During the winter of 1864, more than 3,000 Federal prisoners of war escaped from Confederate prison camps into South Carolina and North Carolina, often with the aid of local slaves. Their flight created, in the words of contemporary observers, a "Yankee plague," heralding a grim end to the Confederate cause. In this fascinating look at Union soldiers' 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 Ame ... More

Keywords: Civil War, Prisoners of War, Escape, Confederate States of America, Collapse of Slavery, Collapse of Confederacy, Resistance, North Carolina, South Carolina

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9781469630557
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2017 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469630557.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lorien Foote, author
Texas A&M University