Publisher: Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Division
Danville Prisons During the Civil War
A view of Danville, Virginia, during the Civil War shows Confederate soldiers standing guard outside warehouses that were being used as prisons for captured Union soldiers. Hundreds and even thousands of prisoners at a time were held in the dark, grimy warehouses from which they were forbidden even to look out the windows. This image was made by J. M. Thurston, a soldier from the 90th Ohio Infantry.