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 Posted: Sun Oct 14th, 2012 11:28 am
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I'm trying to get a good handle on the POW exchanges the North and South did during the war. I have an ancestor who served in the 3rd Missouri Infantry on the Confederate side. Looking through his records it lists him getting captured at Port Gibson on May 3rd. Then being released the next day and rejoining his regiment. But then I found a file saying he was processed at Alton, Illinois on the 18th of May. Then exchanged at City Point, VA on June 12th. But I also have a file saying he served with his command in all the battles up to Vicksburg. I'm wondering if this was all done by paperwork or if he was physically at Alton and then City Point. I had assumed he would have to had been there physicallyat the POW camps but if thats the case how was he with his regiment during the battles for Vicksburg.

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 Posted: Sun Oct 14th, 2012 12:13 pm
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Is it possible that he might have been paroled after Port Gibson, then broken parole to serve again with his regiment while the paperwork was being processed? If that's not the case, then it seems likely that the file which says he served in all the battles up to Vicksburg was incorrect. Just a wild guess.

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 Posted: Mon Oct 15th, 2012 12:08 pm
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It makes sense that he probably broke his parole and rejoined his unit. I guess a paperwork trail would have to still be done thus the reason for Alton, Illinois, and the camp at Richmond having paperwork on him. It gets a little confusing digging through these files sometimes!



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Don't know how much help these will be. You did say you were trying to get a handle on prisoner exchanges, though you did specify more specific exchange. These are probably going to be broader.

http://www.civilwarhome.com/prisonerexchange.htm

http://www.civilwarhome.com/parole.htm

http://jfepperson.org/pow.htm

http://homepages.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~south1/bound.htm

http://beag27.tripod.com/exchange.html



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Thanks Hellcat for these links. Prisoner exchanges of the Civil War was something I never looked into much until I started researching my Civil War ancestors.



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BHR62 wrote: I'm trying to get a good handle on the POW exchanges the North and South did during the war. I have an ancestor who served in the 3rd Missouri Infantry on the Confederate side. Looking through his records it lists him getting captured at Port Gibson on May 3rd. Then being released the next day and rejoining his regiment. But then I found a file saying he was processed at Alton, Illinois on the 18th of May. Then exchanged at City Point, VA on June 12th. But I also have a file saying he served with his command in all the battles up to Vicksburg. I'm wondering if this was all done by paperwork or if he was physically at Alton and then City Point. I had assumed he would have to had been there physicallyat the POW camps but if thats the case how was he with his regiment during the battles for Vicksburg.


It's possible he was captured and exchanged upon giving his parole and rejoined his unit as a parolee.  He would have been able to do additional duties and such but not carry a weapon.  Then his exchange was completed on the 18th via paperwork.  Though that seems suspect, almost as suspect as his being captured on the 3rd and being physically present in Alton Illinois on the 18th.  It seems, to me, most likely to be a paperwork screwup.   It wasn't uncommon.  I recall seeing one man who was w/ his Regt and reported killed in battle.  Reality was that he had been seperated from his unit and fell iin w/ another Regt.  Took him almost a month to get back to his unit and he was good... until payday came and he was found listed as dead.  Thought they got it all fixed until decades later when he applied for his pension and was shown that he died in 1863... fun.



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I have the War Record for my "First Person" reenacting soldier (Albert Sailhorst)....his record shows him dying twice.....about 6 months apart, in different locations, of disease......



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Albert Sailhorst wrote:
I have the War Record for my "First Person" reenacting soldier (Albert Sailhorst)....his record shows him dying twice.....about 6 months apart, in different locations, of disease......

Was the disease listed and was it the same disease?



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The first death says "Disease".....the second, lists diareha, so I suspect the diareha caused him to become dehydrated, resulting in death.



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That sounds likely. Actually I could say something else but I'm trying to keep this family friendly incase kids visit.



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