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William Hoffman
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Generally, I avoid speaking ill of the dead, but William Hoffman was simply a bad man. As the head of Union POW camps, working in concert with Edwin Stanton, he withheld food and provisions from Confederate POW's. At the end of the war he proudly returned $1.8 million dollars to the U.S. Treasury. Funds that he had at his disposal, and which should have been spent to feed and treat Confederate POW's. I sincerely hope the justice that he deserved here on earth, is meted out in the afterlife.
- Blockade Runner
 Added: Jan. 16, 2015
 
COMMANDER OF THE INFAMOUS ELMIRA PRISON CAMP, ELMIRA, NY. ELMIRA PRISON CAMP WAS BUILT TO HOUSE 5,000 CONFEDERATE PRISONERS BUT IT INCARCERATED A TOTAL OF 12,121. OUT OF A TOTAL OF 12,121 CONFEDERATE PRISONERS, 2,988 DIED, A 25% DEATH RATE. OUT OF THE 2,988 WHO DIED, 1,208 MEN WERE FROM NORTH CAROLINA OR 40% OF ALL DEATHS. LACK OF PROPER QUARTERS, LACK OF FOOD, LACK OF PROPER MEDICAL TREATMENT, AND LACK OF PROPER SANITATION WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE HIGH RATE OF DEATH. ELMIRA PRISON HAD THE HIGHEST DEATH RATE OF PRISONERS OF ANY OF THE UNION ARMY PRISONS.
- Tom Fagart
 Added: Oct. 20, 2014
 

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- Lee Ann Tarter
 Added: Mar. 30, 2012
 
Commander of Prisons during Civil War. Elmira Prison, Elmira, NY being the most famous.
- Tom Fagart
 Added: Feb. 6, 2012
 
Does anyone have some specific information on William Hoffman that may be of use to my research. I was not aware he had direct cause in the death of confederate prisoners. He fought side by side with future confederate officers and was decorated for service in 1846 at Molino Del Ray, Mexico. He was held as a prisoner in Texas ( in the Alamo of all places) by confederates at the start of the war. He did quite a bit to correct sanitation conditions, contributing to death and illness of soldiers that were common to both prisoners and field soldiers in the face of much corruption by contractors and quartermasters. I am looking for memoirs, diaries and personal information that may give evidence of contrary personality characteristics, but what I have so far obtained in evidence is quite the contrary. He was from a heroic war family, a prisoner of war himself and "Professor" Hoffman ran a girls home in Rock Island at the end of his life in 1884. Regards,Joe Wheelerwheelsback@aol.com
- Joe
 Added: Feb. 20, 2011
 

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- C
 Added: Jan. 28, 2007
 
REPOSE EN PAIX!
- quebecoise
 Added: Apr. 24, 2006
 
REPOSE EN PAIX!
- quebecoise
 Added: Sep. 25, 2004
 

- Erik Lander
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- Erik Lander
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- Elisa Jones
 Added: Jan. 30, 2004
 
 

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