Re: Official U.S. Policy on Confederate POW's
Please tell us just how the Commandant at Andersonville could have done a better job. There was no food. If the Confederate troops had little food, their family had less and the guards and prisoners were in the same condition as the family of a soldier was. In none of the books I have read that included or were on Sherman's march to the sea did it say there was plenty of food for them. That is one of the reasons Sherman did not want the freed slaves following them. He didn't have enough provisions for his soldiers much less the added people.
When you take into account the number of prisons in the North used for Confederate prisoners and compare it to the number of prisons in the South with Federal prisoners, you may see a difference that could account for the magnitude of the Southern commandants problems. It wasn't a lack of humanity, it was a lack of provisions. There was NO food.