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Tango0121 Jun 2013 9:03 p.m. PST

"When a soldier goes off to fight, he knows that he is putting himself in grave danger. That is part of the job. If a soldier is captured, they are supposed to be out of harm's way. That has not always been the case. In the summer of 1864 six hundred Confederate prisoners found themselves in the line of fire. And it was intentional.

The incident took place in Charleston, South Carolina, which had been held by the Southern forces since the beginning of the war. After almost two and a half years of fighting, Union forces had not been able to capture the southern port that had seen the opening shots fired. In August 1863 the man commanding those forces, Maj. Gen. Quincy A. Gillmore, decided he needed to try something new. If the Confederates did not evacuate and give up the city, Gillmore would target the city itself…"
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