Elmira: Death Camp of the North
Written by Horigan
“In this exhaustively researched study, Horigan points several fingers of guilt at Federal authorities for why ‘Helmira’ had a death rate almost equal to that at Andersonville. This is the definitive work on a Union prison compound that should never have been one of the worst in the Civil War.” – James I. Robertson, Jr., Department of History, VA Polytechnic Institute and State University
“Mike Horigan’s Elmirea: Death Camp of the North is a comprehensive account of the prisoner of war camp in Elmira, New York, that Confederate prisoners dubbed ‘Helmira’ for the horrible conditions and high death rate among the rebels. It is a well researched and carefully crafted account that concludes that a fatal combination of administrative incompetence in Washington and among the camp staff at Elmira combined with an inclination towards a policy of retaliation for the perceived mistreatment of Union troops in Confederate hands resulted in a stain on the honor of the nation.” – Frank A. Burdick, Ph.D., Professor of History Emeritus, SUNY College at Cortland
Softcover, 246 pages.