Tallmadge Civil War Society
explores POW narratives Sept. 20
The Tallmadge Civil War Society will kick off its 31st anniversary program year Sept. 20 at 7:30 p.m. when Angela Riotto, a doctoral student in history at the University of Akron, presents the lecture, "Adventures Before Accusations: Civil War POW Narratives." The meeting will take place in the Old Town Hall on Tallmadge Circle. It is free and open to the public.
In the postwar period, dozens of Union and Confederate ex-prisoners of war published memoirs and offered testimony describing their captivity. Ex-prisoners incorporated adventure, intrigue, and close calls alongside pungent commentaries on the suspension of the prisoner exchange cartel, the righteousness of the cause, and the meaning of the Civil War. Northerners who escaped notorious death camps like Andersonville not infrequently commented on the horrors of slavery.
Riotto received her bachelor's degree from Juniata College in 2010 and her master's degree from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2012. Currently a doctoral student at the University of Akron, her dissertation traces the ways in which both Union and Confederate ex-prisoners of war discussed their prison experiences between 1863 and 1890.
Founded in 1986, the Tallmadge Civil War Society is an organization devoted to the study of the American Civil War. It hosts monthly programs featuring authors and noted experts in the field discussing the war's social, political and military history. Membership is open to anyone with an interest in the conflict. For more information about the Society or to join, contact President Ralph Jordan at 330-630-2474.