Since neither the North nor the South had faced squarely the likelihood of war until the action at Fort Sumter, it is not surprising that both governments were unprepared for the handling of prisoners until they were actually confronted with the capture of troops. Of necessity, an impromptu and makeshift prison administration had to be devised, and, indeed, the retention of prisoners was not universally accepted as essential so long as it could be avoided. No suitable provisions or advance preparations for the care of war prisoners were undertaken by governments more vitally concerned with the deployment and supply of troops in the field. Among all the activities subordinated to the main purpose of winning the war, prison administration was certainly considered one of the least important.
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Form, George. "The Administration of Representative Confederate Prisons." (1956). http://digitalrepository.unm.edu/hist_etds/125