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James M. Gillispie earned a Ph.D. in American History from the University of Mississippi. He has published articles and numerous reviews on Civil War prison scholarship and has spoken at the Museum of the Confederacy on the era's military prisons. Since 1999 he has taught history at Sampson Community College in Clinton, North Carolina, and has won several teaching awards. Residing with him are his wife, Julie, and daughter, Lauren.
"A host of Confederate veterans' statements tend to link with and support official reports by Federal prison officials and inspectors, as Gillispie points out convincingly."--Georgia Historical Quarterly "Primitive medical treatment and mortality were the norms. Such were, as the author says in this outstanding study, the horrors and misfortunes of the American Civil War."--Journal of Military History "Andersonvilles of the North is an outstanding work of Civil War history. With superb research and penetrating analysis Gillispie has re-written an entire chapter of our received 'knowledge' of the conflict. This much-needed book should be read by every student of the Civil War." --Steven E. Woodworth, author of Jefferson Davis and His Generals "Gillispie's argument is both cogent and significant, and it seems likely that Andersonvilles of the North will become a major work in the field of Civil War prisons for years to come."--Journal of Illinois History "Gillispie takes pains to show that there was no retaliation against inmates and that poor conditions, such as dirty quarters or scant rations, were systematically addressed and improved. . . . [A]n important addition to our understanding of the prisoner-of-war issue."--North Carolina Historical Review "Gillispie's most compelling evidence in disputing the retaliatory claim comes from his extensive and resourceful statistical analysis of the diseases treated, deaths by disease, and the recovery rates from disease at the nine camps. . . . Gillispie's revisionist positions should stimulate much-needed debate regarding all aspects of Civil War prison history."--Journal of Southern History "This is one of the few studies to look at conditions in Northern prisons through the lens of the most objective perspective possible for this emotionally charged subject. Gillispie provides an important revision and clarification of our knowledge about Civil War prisons." --James M. McPherson, author of Battle Cry of Freedom