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Tagged as: Cincinnati (OH), Cincinnati Civil War Roundtable, Hamilton County, presentations.
|November 17, 2011|
|7:30 pm||to||9:00 pm|
Author and historian Peter Cozzens will make his first appearance in front of the Cincinnati Civil War Round Table at its November meeting. Cozzens works as a Foreign Service Officer for the U.S. government. In 2002 he received the American Foreign Service Association’s highest award, given annually to one Foreign Service Officer for exemplary moral courage, integrity, and creative dissent. He also received an Alumni Achievement award from his alma mater Knox College, from which he graduated summa cum laude. Cozzens is also a prolific writer of Civil War and American Indian War articles and books. He is best known for his detailed battle and campaign studies.
Civil War prisons were notorious for unspeakable suffering, horrible conditions, and brutal commandants. Readers of diaries and letters from soldiers incarcerated at Andersonville or Camp Douglas, for example, often shudder at the experiences endured by the POWs at these prison camps. A remarkable exception to the common POW camp was the little-known Confederate prison at Cahaba, Alabama. Thanks to the humanity of the commandant, Col. H. A. M. Henderson, the mortality rate at Cahaba was just 2.5%, a remarkable figure when compared to the average Civil War prison mortality rate of 15%. The story of Cahaba and of how Henderson kept his inmates alive will be the subject of Peter Cozzens’ talk.
Location: Drake Center, 151 W. Galbraith Road, Cincinnati, OH 45216 (Meet in the Conference Center in the lower level of the West Pavilion.)
Sponsor: Cincinnati Civil War Roundtable
Details: Visitors and Guests, $ 5.