Ken, my great uncle Alexander Boring, 4th Sgt., Co A, 18th Georgia, ANV, was captured at Cedar Creek October 19th 1864. He spent the remainder of the war at Point Lookout. He complained late in life of trouble with his eyes. I have read somewhere that there might have been some kind of infection from close confinement which affected the eyes. It also could have been caused by almost constant exposure to sunlight for four years, with no sunglasses. I was a Navy Photographer, and was warned many times about the damage the sun could do to my eyes, so necessary to my job.
My other great uncle, Francis Boring, Pvt., Co A, 18th Georgia, ANV, was captured July 11 1864, at Roswell, Georgia. He was at home recuperating from a wound received at Spotsylvania in May. He was sent to Camp Douglas and was paroled in late June 1865. He said the exposure he suffered caused his rheumatism. Late in life it crippled him badly.
Both walked home when paroled. Frank pretty much lost the use of his left arm, from his wound and the rheumatism. Stan