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Captive of Libby Prison

Yale Medicine Magazine, 2003 - Summer


by Stewart J. Petrie, M.D., HS ’55

Pentland Press Inc. (Raleigh, N.C.) 2002

Petrie has captured a side of the Civil War that is not often portrayed: a personal perspective. Fighting for the Union Army during the Civil War, Charles Robinson—Petrie’s great-great-uncle—wrote home frequently to friends and family describing the battle being fought around him. He and the other men in his regiment were captured by Confederate soldiers and held in the notorious Libby Prison. These personal accounts describe a far different war than the one often portrayed by military strategists.