Morris Cooper Foote’s Civil War POW experience at Danville prison from May 8th through May 12th, 1864.

Foote was only at Danville for five days but interestingly, his May 8th diary entry says that the “prison here worse than Libby,” due to lack of water and the crowded conditions in the retro-fitted tobacco warehouses. The weather in Danville was just starting to turn warm in mid May 1864 when Foote was transferred to Camp Oglethorpe in Macon, Georgia.

While at Danville, Foote did not record any escapes. The Danville Confederate prison was in operation from 1863 through 1865. It had a maximum capacity of 3,700 and experienced a peak of 4,000 POWs.  There were at least 70 escapes from Danville and almost 1,300 Union deaths. Converted buildings were used as quarters for prisoners.

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