20 July 2010

Civil War POW's

I had two great-great grandfathers who were POW's in yankee prisons. John Meredith Crutchfield, who served time in Camp Morton in Indiana, and Morris Coffey who served time at Point Lookout in Maryland. Below is a recent video about WBTS prison camps produced by the Museum of the Confederacy.


Stephen Clay McGehee said...

Fascinating article, sir! My great-grandfather, William Pelham McGehee, was captured at Petersburg and spent the rest of the war as a POW at Point Lookout, Maryland. Here is a scanned image of his POW Release, along with a bit of the story behind it - POW Release.

I have a book titled "Sketches from Prison - A Confederate Artist's Record of Life at Point Lookout Prisoner-of-War Camp 1863 - 1865". It is published by the Maryland State Park Foundation, Inc. Except for a brief introduction, the entire book is a color photocopy of a sketchbook used by a Confederate soldier held prisoner there. It gives some very candid looks at daily life inside the camp.

Stephen Clay McGehee
Confederate Colonel

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Thanks Stephen.

jacksonianlawyer said...

RW -

Thanks for sharing this; excellent article/vid, as usual. Also, given the date and a "memoriam" of sorts, I posted this over at my own blog...hope it's ok to share it here:


Hope all has been well with you and your family sir.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Thanks JL. Yes, by all means, post it and everything is fine here.


13thBama said...

Great video! My G-g-g Grand Uncle (is there such a thing?) was captured during the first day of Gettysburg and spent the rest of his time at Fort Delaware. Some of the pieces in that collection made me wonder if his name shows up in them.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

13B - Yes, it is a cool video. You could call the MOC and ask. They're pretty helpful. Are you a member?

13thBama said...

I haven't taken any steps to join anything Civil War related. I only found out about my ancestors and the 13th Alabama Infantry in the last five years or so. One day I will take the step.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...


You're AWOL soldier. But I will recommend a pardon if you will join these 3 organizations:

Sons of Confederate Veterans
Museum of the Confederacy
Civil War Preservation Trust

13thBama said...

Either I am already a member of the MOC, or you forwarded an email from them shortly after this post :). The timing was impeccable.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

13B - great. One down, two to go.

Bob Pollock said...

Very interesting video, Richard; thanks for posting it. My g-g-grandfather had twin younger brothers, Edward and Edwin Parker, who fought in Indiana regiments. According to his service records, Edward was captured at Chickamauga, Sept. 19, 1863, confined at Richmond, VA, Sept 29, 1863, sent to Danville, VA, Dec,'63, conf'd at Andersonville, GA, where he died July 27, 1864 of pleuritis and/or diarrhea. He was 23 years old.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Hey Bob. You're welcome. A sad story. One of my grandfathers, the one who was at Camp Morton, was transferred to Chimborazo Hospital in a prisoner exchange. I've noted here before that he died there and was buried in a common grave at Oakwood Cemetery in Richmond w/2 other soldiers. The family never knew until a few years ago when a fellow SCV member saw a piece I wrote in the Wash. Times and informed me of his grave. The family always assumed he had either deserted or been killed. His widow went to her grave not knowing for sure, even hearing rumors that he'd left her for another woman.