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Living by Inches – The Smells, Sounds, Tastes, and Feeling of Captivity in Civil War Prisons - North Carolina Scholarship Online
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Living by Inches: The Smells, Sounds, Tastes, and Feeling of Captivity in Civil War Prisons

Evan A. Kutzler

Abstract

From battlefields, boxcars, and forgotten warehouses to notorious prison camps like Andersonville and Elmira, prisoners seemed to be everywhere during the American Civil War. Yet there is much we do not know about the soldiers and civilians whose very lives were in the hands of their enemies. Living by Inches is the first book to examine how imprisoned men in the Civil War perceived captivity through the basic building blocks of human experience--their five senses. From the first whiffs of a prison warehouse to the taste of cornbread and the feeling of lice, captivity assaulted prisoners' perc ... More

Keywords: Civil War, prisoners of war, prison camps, the five senses, captivity, sensory experience, imprisonment, Andersonville

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781469653785
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2021 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469653785.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Evan A. Kutzler, author
Georgia Southwestern State University