The Civil War Roundtable of New Hampshire welcomes historian Gary Morgan for the May meeting! Open to the public.
Ten Things You Never Knew About the Andersonville Raiders:
Few incidents in the American Civil War have been as celebrated as the hanging of the Andersonville Raiders, six prisoners of war at Andersonville Prison who were court martialed and hanged by the other prisoners for the crimes of robbery and assault. The story goes that the raiders ruled the prison in a reign of terror until a group of regulators, led by Leroy Key and the members of the 16th Illinois Cavalry, rose up without any Rebel assistance to put an end to their prison crime spree. But is that what really happened?
By exclusively using diaries, service records and only memoirs and newspaper articles written within 5 years of the hanging, Gary Morgan has pieced together a very different picture of events. Did raiding in prison camps happen only at Andersonville? Were the raiders a major force within the prison? Were they really all deserters and bounty jumpers? Did the Confederate prison authorities really stand by and let the raiders have their way? Who was “Dowd,” the man whose savage beating at the hands of the raiders prompted their downfall? Who were the sailors “A. Munn” and W. Rickson,” the reported names of two of the raiders, in spite of the fact that no men by these names ever served in the Union Navy? What really happened at the trial that led to the executions?
These questions and others will be answered.
The Civil War Roundtable of New Hampshire was founded in May 1991 and welcomes everyone with an interest in this time of American history. We are a 501c non-profit.
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