Author: Mauriel Phillips Joslyn

Immortal Captives – 600 Confederate Officers and the US PoW Policy



The Story of Six Hundred Confederate Officers
and the United States Prisoner of War Policy 

White Mane Publishing
1996 – First Edition
Condition : Hardcover – Fine, unused / new condition.
New “old stock” – book is like new, but DJ has light wear.
(purchased from a distributor who was downsizing retail space)
344 pages, illustrations (maps / portraits) and indexed.

(((Review originally published in the December 2008 issue of Civil War Times.)))

The horrors faced by Union prisoners of war have been the focus of several Civil War studies, but fewer books have have been devoted to the plight of their often-abused and neglected Confederate contemporaries who were detained in Union prisons.

Immortal Captives, by Mauriel P. Joslyn, tells the chilling story of a chosen group of 600 Rebel POWs who, during the long Union siege of Charleston, S.C., were literally used as “human shields” by Federal soldiers against the counter-bombardent of the Confederate batteries positioned near Morris Island.

The 600 men—all officers—were sequestered in an 11⁄2-acre open stockade in the flight path of the Rebel batteries. Joslyn judiciously excerpts the officers’ letters and diaries to provide insight into their mental state during this tragic episode. Injuries to the prisoners from the actual shelling were apparently minimal, but Joslyn reveals that the officers had much more to worry about than “friendly fire” from Rebel batteries.

Along with an ample supply of good photographs, Immortal Captives incorporates several appendices that should prove especially helpful to genealogists and researchers. Appendix D is a list of those among the “Immortal 600” who died while in captivity, and Appendix F is an alphabetic roster of the prisoners.


 Very, very well organized work !
Quoted material is indexed in the margins, so you can follow which men
are quoted very easily. Many portraits, a few maps, and an index.



In 1864, a number of Union prisoners were used as human shields in Charelston, SC. In retaliation, a number of Confederate prisoners were placed on Morris Island, SC, to deter Confederate shelling. Those officers became known as “The Immoral 600”

Book Details

Publisher: White Mane (Date: 1996 )

Size: 6 x 9

Pages: 344

Condition: Near Fine