Item #15757 In Vinculis; or, The Prisoner of War. being the Experience of a Rebel in Two Federal Pens, Interspersed with Reminiscences of the Late War; Anecdotes of Southern Generals, Etc. Anthony Keiley, A Virginia Confederate.

In Vinculis; or, The Prisoner of War. being the Experience of a Rebel in Two Federal Pens, Interspersed with Reminiscences of the Late War; Anecdotes of Southern Generals, Etc.

Peterburg, Va: 1866. 8vo. Good+. Item #15757

A scarce first-hand account of a captured (Petersburg) Confederate officer at two Union Prisoner of War camps, Point Lookout (Maryland and Elmira (New York).

Second Printing, the 1865 1st Edition nearly unobtainable as most were destroyed by a fire shortly after publication.

"A Confederate prisoner of war who found himself incarcerated in the Elmira POW camp in 1864, Anthony Keiley was far from your typical Rebel inmate. College-educated, urbane, well-spoken and a gifted writer, the Virginia prisoner was also a member of the Virginia House of Delegates. In contrast, the typical Confederate prisoner housed along the Chemung River was a farmer or mechanic possessing a grade-school education. Mostly foot-soldiers from Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia, few prisoners in Elmira could make a claim to gentleman status as Keiley did." - Derek Maxfield

Keiley was especially contemptuous of his captors, most notable the Camp surgeon at Elmira, Dr. Eugene Sanger, whom he felt was intentionally murdering Confederate POWs, and the camp's African American guards, whose "conduct is as black as their skin. They curse and swear at the prisoners, level their guns at them, and threaten to fire, 'jis to make de dam rebs scatter'; will not allow a group of three to talk together, and at night bully and beat every prisoner that they meet."

Brown cloth. Square tight binding. Clean interior. Mild foxing to end papers. Binding with light soiling, mild rubbing and edge wear, with a touch of loss to cloth at spine ends.

Overall a handsome copy of this scarce Civil War history from the unique viewpoint of a rebel POW.

Price: $325.00