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    [P. O. W. Journal]. W. B. Galucia's Journal Memories of Rebel Prisons. A memorandum by J. H. Aubin appears at the beginning, dated May 14, 1940, and reads: "The first thirty pages are in hand-writing of Captain W. B. Galucia, after that in my handwriting although I cannot recall when or in what circumstances." The first twenty-six pages, printed on the left only, contain a "List of Enlisted Men at 'Castle Thunder, July 3, 1862." Castle Thunder was a notoriously brutal prison located in Richmond at an old, unused tobacco warehouse under the command of George W. Alexander. Of the list Galucia writes, in part: "It was made by myself, July 3, 1862, under order of Major Turner. Rebel Commissary or Quartermaster at that time for all Union Prisoners in and about Richmond..."

    He relays the story of how he ended up in Castle Thunder, in part: "I was taken prisoner with twelve others of the Eighteenth Mass. Vol. Inftry. June 28, 1862, at 'Gaines Mill," Va. by Stuarts Cavalry. We were all Taken to the old Cold Harbor House...where we found many other unfortunates like ourselves...about noon we began our march to Richmond under a strong guard of Cavalry. We marched there just before dark and were paraded through some of the principal streets and soon realized we were truly in Rebeldom."

    Also included is a "List of Com. Officers of Mess 1. Libby Prison, Danville, Va. Salisbury , N.C." and excerpts from the diary of F. Hall, who began prison life in the infamous Libby Prison in Richmond before being moved south to his death in a prison camp in Salisbury, North Carolina. Also, excerpts from another diary, "Another Officer's Experience...Life in Libby Prison."

    The stories herein contained are short, heart-wrenching accounts of the life of three Union prisoners in two of the South's most notorious prisons. Bound in leather over boards with gilt-stamped letters and three oversized, raised bands on the spine. Front joint is cracked and separating. Marbled endpapers with reinforced hinges. Heavily worn boards.


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