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by Frances H. Casstevens




Captain George W. Alexander was a controversial figure in Richmond during the Civil War, honored as a hero and condemned as a cruel prison superintendent. He was appointed Provost Marshall and put in charge of Castle Thunder in 1862, after escaping imprisonment at Fort McHenry. At his Confederate prison in Richmond, he oversaw prisoners of all types, including Confederates, women, slaves, Federal deserters, and spies.This biography traces his entire life from his career in the U.S. Navy and the voyage with Commodore Perry to Japan, to his hiding in Canada after Lee's surrender, to his editorship of Washington DC's Sunday Gazette and death in 1895. The main body of the text concentrates on Alexander's time at Castle Thunder, but the book also explores the evolution of the prison system and the provost marshall's department, touching on unusual prisoners and escape attempts.
Download George W. Alexander and Castle Thunder: A Confederate Prison and Its Commandant epub
ISBN: 0786418591
ISBN13: 978-0786418596
Category: History
Subcategory: Americas
Author: Frances H. Casstevens
Language: English
Publisher: McFarland Publishing; illustrated Edition edition (August 2004)
Pages: 271 pages
ePUB size: 1526 kb
FB2 size: 1727 kb
Rating: 4.8
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