TWELVE MONTHS IN ANDERSONVILLE

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By Lessel Long, Private, Co. “F”, 13th Indiana Infantry. Published by Thad & Mark, Huntington, IN, 1886. 197 pp., Illus. Green glazed cloth, 8.75 x 6”, w/gilt cover and spine lettering.  Exhibits slight wear and rubbing at the extremities, else VG plus and handsome. Highly detailed account, simply written and reliable, especially for descriptions of Millen, Blackshear, and Andersonville prisons.

Lessel Long enlisted as  Private and was mustered into Co. “F” 13th Indiana Infantry, 10/20/ 1862. He was listed as POW at Chester, VA., 5/10/1864, and released as a POW in mid-April 1865 near Jacksonville, Fla.

The 13th Indiana  was organized as a one year regiment in May 1861, and reorganized as a three year regiment the following month. After serving in West Virginia and participating in the Battle of Rich Mount, it was transferred to the 7th Corps and stationed in Suffolk, VA. Participating in  the 1862 Valley Campaign, it was active in the Battles at Winchester  and Port Republic. Joining the Army of the James in 1864, it participated the Battles of Drury’s Bluff, Bermuda One Hundred and Cold Harbor. Followed by service in the  Siege of Petersburg, and the fight at Chaffin’s Farm. Detached to for duty in New York City during the November 1864 presidential election, the 13th took part in the expedition that reduced  Ft. Fisher, NC, and captured Wilmington, NC, in January and February 1865. After which the unit occupied Raleigh, NC, and was present at Bennet House, NC., for the surrender of Johnston’s army to General Sherman, April 26, 1864. Continuing to serve at various points in North Carolina, the regiment was mustered out in September, 1865. During service the 13th lost 107 men killed and mortally wounded and 148 to disease for a total of 255.

Excellent  Andersonville Prison memoir, by the private of an Indiana unit that saw considerably more varied service most Union regiments.  [JP]

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