THE UNION DEAD OF THE FLORENCE STOCKADE, by Rev. Albert H. Ledoux, Assistant Professor of Church History, Mount
Saint Mary’s Seminary, Emmitsburg, Maryland.
The story of the Florence Stockade is a little known chapter in the
history of the War Between the States. The
Stockade was opened in September, 1864 and continued in operation until February
1865. During this time between
15,000 and 18,000 Union soldiers were imprisoned on less than 24 acres.
It is estimated that between 2,500 and 2,800 prisoners died in captivity
during the five months the prison was operational. After the capture of Atlanta,
Georgia by Union forces, Confederate authorities decided to transfer the
majority of Union prisoners from Andersonville, Georgia.
Due to its proximity to major rail lines, Florence was chosen as the site
for a new prison camp. In this book, Rev. Ledoux, a board member of the Friends
of the Florence Stockade (FFS), documents over 1,500 Union soldiers who died in
the Florence Stockade. The majority
of the original records of the Florence Stockade did not survive the War Between
the States, thus documenting those who died there proved to be challenging.
Ledoux consulted nearly sixty primary and secondary sources to determine
the names of those who died within the Stockade walls.
For each Union soldier listed the following information is provided:
name, rank, military unit, date of death, and source of information.
These soldiers are interred in the Florence National Cemetery in unmarked
graves, thus making the information provided in this book invaluable to
historians of the War Between the States, family researchers, and genealogists.
The book is a joint effort between the Old Darlington District Chapter, South
Carolina Genealogical Society and the Friends of the Florence Stockade.
Proceeds from the sale of this book are divided between the two
organizations, with the FFS using its portion to preserve the original Stockade
site. © 2000, 41+ viii pages, soft cover, Library of Congress Number- 00-103054.
Price- $22.00 plus
$4.00 shipping and
handling for the first book, $1.50 for each additional book.
Order from: Old Darlington
District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC
FORM: THE UNION DEAD OF THE
by Rev. Albert H. Ledoux
Print this Order Form and mail to:
Darlington District Chapter, SCGS
P. O. Box 175
Hartsville, SC 29551-0175
Please send me
__________ copies of THE UNION DEAD OF
THE FLORENCE STOCKADE.
Amount Enclosed: $____________________
( ) Check here to receive information on the Friends of the Florence Stockade, an organization dedicated to the preservation of the original site of the Florence Stockade.
make check or money order payable to Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS.
Return to Publications