A Confederate Chronicle: The Life of a Civil War Survivor

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Fort Warren Prison, Boston Harbor
June 1863–October 1864

The time passes so slowly that it seems more like years. There is no
prospect of an exchange, and it seems as though we were destined to
remain here during the war…I sometimes think that our friends
have entirely forgotten us, or do not care to see us again.…

Thomas L. Wragg, Fort Warren Prison

The officers of the Atlanta, after first being taken to Port Royal near Hilton Head Island, were then sent to Fort Lafayette Prison in New York Harbor. On June 29, 1863, Commander Webb wrote to Gideon Welles to complain about their "confinement in this fortress in common consort with those with whom we would not associate in civilian life. We are not treated as 'prisoners of war.'" He requested that, at least, they should take their "messes apart from promiscuous inmates."1 His complaints may have been heard, since Webb and his officers were then transferred to Fort Warren on George's Island in Boston Harbor. The forty-five acre island is at the entrance to the harbor in the former main shipping channel. The fort, whose outer walls are shaped in the form of

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