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George Gibson Meadows Van Zandt

Letter from K. M. Van Zandt, Major-General Commanding the Texas Division, Fort Worth, Tex. November 20, 1900 to Capt. J. H. George about prison life on Johnson's Island.

In the last issue of the Confederate Veteran, just received, I notice your communication regarding the treatment of prisoners on Johnson's Island. I was there at the time you were; have a roster of those who were there, and in I find the name of J.H. George, Captain Company D, Forty-First Tennessee Regiment. I was surrendered at Fort Donelson, carried first to Camp Douglas, thence to Camp Chase, and thence to Johnson's Island, arriving there on April 9, with the first lot of prisoners sent to that prison. I confirm your statement. I remember well the Sunday evening when Lieut. Gibson, of Arkansas, was shot, and I remember quite well the night when Capt. J.A. Meadows, of the First Alabama Regiment was wounded. He was shot through both legs. He was returning from the "sinks" and became so weak that he was not able to walk erect, and was walking in a stooping posture, holding his trousers with both hands, when he was shot by a sentinel. It was wholly without cause. I was in Building No. 4, immediately west of the hospital building. I shall be glad to meet you and talk over these things.

SOURCE: The Confederate Veteran Magazine, Volume 9, Number 1. January 1901.

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