John Ransom's Diary: Andersonville

Version: Unabridged
Author: John Ransom
Narrator: David Thorn
Genres: History, Biography & Memoir, North America
Publisher: Alcazar AudioWorks
Published In: October 2004
# of Units: 7 CDs
Length: 8 hours, 46 minutes
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This book is an extraordinary day-to-day documentary of the Civil War's most infamous Confederate prison, Camp Sumter, better known as Andersonville.

Here 13,000 wretched Union prisoners died within barely fourteen months, from starvation, scurvy, and other diseases that spread through the camp. There was little shelter but makeshift tents; little in the way of blankets, warm clothing, or even shoes; and a scarcity of food and fresh water. Often the men were forced to sleep on the muddy ground in very crowded conditions.

While the deplorable conditions bear witness to man's inhumanity to man, they also are witness to one man's undaunted spirit to survive to tell the dreadful tale.

The narrative in the diary reflects John Ransom's attitudes, changing from the moody early staccato sentences when he is first captured, to resignation, and eventually to cheerful prose when the war draws to a close.

Reviews (4)

Glimpse of Hell

Written by Fred from San Diego, CA on May 21st, 2012

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I was surprised at how easy this book was to read, considering it took place over 150 years ago. John Ransom's writing is very down to earth. Admired his upbeat attitude and ability to survive the most horrific circumstances. The reader does a very good job.

John Ransom's Andersonville Diary

Written by wharvey48 from Lacrosse, FL on January 15th, 2010

  • Book Rating: 3/5

Although John Ransom was a POW in a Confederate prison camp and suffered, his story is not compelling. Like a travelogue, it continued with no impending climax or conflict to keep my interest.

John Ransom

Written by Anonymous on May 2nd, 2009

  • Book Rating: 3/5

Uneven quality. Much repetition. Unrealistic to think that he could have kept his diary safe through all of his imprisonment.

John Ransom's Andersonville Diary

Written by Anonymous from West Covina, CA on February 5th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This book is excellent! The one thing that you will see that got John Ransom through his time as a prisoner and witnessing horrors beyond belief--was his wonderful attitude. He never ceases to see the bright side of things and never gives up. If he could do this under the most horrific conditions, we may all want to pick up something from him. Wonderful reading, great in every way. I highly recommend this book. Sherry

Author Details

Author Details

Ransom, John

John Ransom, a Union soldier captured by the Confederate Army, ended up in the Andersonville prison. He had been a printer from Michigan, and he returned there after the war. Little else is known about his life except through his diary of his prison experience.