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This lack of consensus on the issue of responsibility set the tone for the prison controversy—from the beginning, discussion of Civil War prisons took place in an environment of recrimination, confusion, and discord. As Union and Confederate citizens realized the implications of the prisoner accounts trickling out of the camps, this tragedy within a tragedy inflamed public opinion. The prolonged controversy over the establishment and collapse of the exchange cartel sparked greater resentment against the opposition as both sides complained about the poor treatment of their captured soldiers.
Not content with that insight, the committee continued by asserting that “in nearly all the prison stations of the North . . ”85 The final paragraphs of the committee’s report offered a defense of the Confederate prison system. ”86 J. B. Jones, a Confederate War Department clerk, confirmed these sentiments in his diary. ” The hypocritical Union then dared “to attribute to us the sufferings and privations caused by their own acts. ”88 The Confederate report, like its Union counterpart, qualifies as a propaganda masterpiece.
The toleration of such cruelty in the Confederacy naturally correlated to the inherently barbaric nature of the treasonous South. S. government found a perfect target in Wirz. He proved to be a malleable symbol of the Civil War prison controversy at a time when confusion abounded concerning what actually happened at Andersonville and other prison camps. In reality, Wirz was no mass murderer but simply an ineffective and callous officer placed in a position of authority in a Confederate prison system defined by those same characteristics.
Mitsubishi G4M Betty by Jacek Nowicki