U.S. SANITARY COMMISSION, NO. 87. PRELIMINARY REPORT OF THE OPERATIONS OF THE U.S. SANITARY COMMISSION IN NORTH CAROLINA, MARCH, 1865, AND UPON THE PHYSICAL CONDITIONS OF EXCHANGED PRISONERS LATELY RECEIVED AT WILMINGTON, N.C.

New York: Sanford, Harroun & Co. 1865. 18, [2 blanks] pp. Stitched, light dusting, Very Good.

Here is the condition of the Union prisoners: "Many of the men were in a state of mind resembling idiocy, unable to tell their names, and lost to all sense of modesty, unconscious of their nakedness and personal condition... [L]ooking up like hungry dogs, beseeching the observer for a bite of bread or a sup of water... Others giggled and smirked and hobbled like starving idiots...To see the men who remain here in hospital would move a heart as hard and cold as marble. Their condition is that of men who have for months suffered chronic starvation. Their arms and legs look like coarse reeds with bulbous joints."
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