To Understand my topic you have to understand the prison. The people who controlled the Elmira prison was the Union army The Union army had the Confederate prisoners.
The main thing you need to you know about this topic is. 2,9700 of the 12,100 prisoners would die from a combination of malnutrition. And ect..
We need to know this topic because. Because we need to know how they mistreated the prisoners. Some ways that they mistreated them was, they didn't give them medical care, and they would let the prisoners die when they were in bad condition.
What surprised me was that the prisoners had to pay 5 cents for food. Also how they just let the prisoners die without helping them.
It helped us understand because most of the confederate soldiers were in prison and not fighting. Which it helped the north.
What surprised me the most was how the two rebel soldiers who worked in the prison cooked the dog that they had and ate him.